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12 Cover story Still waiting for Chioma …: Friends and family dispute police claims Chioma Gray was kidnapped as critics charge racial bias in media coverage of missing person cases. By Bill Lascher

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ding venues file to become legitimate, but will they receive their permits in time? By Matthew Singer

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Prom night high atop a hill: Update on Breanna Pflaumer. By Joan Trossman Bien

Out of the vaults: Two classic Paramount comedies finally enter the DVD Age.

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14 Arts and Culture The Angry American: Lewis Black, the reigning king of rant and rage comedy, comes to Thousand Oaks. By Chris Jay

Letters: Editorial: Find a real problem

Everyone has a story: The Ojai Storytelling Festival welcomes tales of all sizes.

6 News The community that prays together: County leaders call for social justice at interfaith breakfast. By Hannah Guzik Downtown may march to a metered beat: Parking meters touted as solution to VenClient: Massage Place, The tura’s parking crunch. By Hannah Guzik

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32 Food and Drink In Good Taste: A fill-up for fans: Cronies a good bet for sports-loving crowds. By Bill Lascher

Shaken and stirred: Pink Martini brings its cosmopolitan orchestral pop to the Ventura Music Festival. By Bill Lascher

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Find a real problem As you may be aware if you have a video game playing child or a nerdy boyfriend, April 29 brought a long awaited moment, the release of the game Grand Theft Auto IV. If it hasn’t already, sometime nasty is about to hit the fan. Yes, this is an alternative newspaper, the sort of publication known for it’s flexibility to bandy about epithets and quad-lettered words, but, you know, some things just don’t need to be said. Nonetheless, if there is one sort of censorship more despicable than any other, it might just be self-censorship. Government censorship makes it easy to stir up righteous indignation, rebellion and often a great deal of intensely creative resistance. Self-censorship is tragic. It signals surrender and defeat. Too many individuals, corporations and businesses, particularly those involved with the media, censor themselves and limit their potential and that of their employees by caving to pressure from outside organizations and institutions. Self-censorship is so amorphous that there are no boundaries and the goal posts can always easily be moved. When society censors itself it cuts off its survival, it concedes to fear, it atrophies and it fails to flourish, to grow, and it regresses. At this moment we are at the crest of what is likely to be a tsunami of pro-censorship propaganda unlike any we have seen in quite some time, and we need to think more critically about the limitations we are prepared to put on the media. Critics believe the Grand Theft Auto series, in which the protagonist is a criminal who steals cars, performs murders and speeds recklessly around recreations of modern cities, will desensitize our youth to violence, raise a generation of cop-killers, and unravel the fabric of society. The newest release, the first to use the latest generation of video game consoles and their more advanced technology, has already been cast as especially frightening (New Zealand and Australia have forced its publisher to distribute edited copies there, and some major U.S. cities have pulled its ads from their public buses). Please. We’ve heard this enough. Whether video games, television, music, movies, comic books, novels, or the Internet, time and again the media is assailed for the rot of civilization. Give it up. If anything, the

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media, when allowed to flourish and left un-muzzled — a rarer reality in this era of FCC fines and timid advertisers — is the greatest weapon in a free society’s arsenal. Yes, there are disturbing moments in Grand Theft Auto’s violence-ridden world. Our society does turn far too much of blind eye toward gratuitous violence while stifling any discussion of sexuality (For those who recall the so-called “Hot Coffee” scandal with the game’s predecessor, it was on-screen sex that stirred moralists far more than rocket launchers and Uzis). We consistently tear down politicians for their personal infidelities and private indiscretions, yet those who lie and mislead the public into wars that kill thousands of our own citizens and hundreds of thousands of foreign citizens continue to lead (or feign to). Despite criticism that the video game encourages real life violence toward police officers and others (the “bad guys” in Grand Theft Auto include police officers), including high profile opposition from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as the blog gamepolitics.com points out, FBI statistics don’t support claims that there is any correlation between cop killings and the game. More importantly, video games are practically universal and are played in suburban households, bachelor apartments, slums, farms, retirement homes and everywhere people live. These places produce people of all different types, people who go on to write operas, run marathons, cure diseases, build bridges, wash cars, serve food, act in plays and do just about everything else anyone else does. What causes violence and amorality in our society is not the entertainment we choose. It is, as we have written before, our misguided priorities. We spend far more on short term gains at the expense of systemic improvements such as better schools, cultural opportunities, affordable health care and accessible neighborhoods, meaning we put more people into desperate positions for which it seems violence is the only option. We can make shrill, short-sighted attacks on objectionable media, or we can spend our resources thoroughly creating the opportunities and the strong society we need to thrive. It’s our choice.

letters Drug war too costly Regarding your editorial (See “You Get What you Pay For, Opinion, 4/24/08), fully decriminalizing marijuana would definitely save tax dollars, and it would do so without necessarily increasing marijuana use. The deterrent value of punitive marijuana laws is grossly overrated. The University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future Study reports that lifetime use of marijuana is higher in the U.S. than any European country, yet America is one of the few Western countries that punishes citizens who prefer marijuana to martinis. Unlike alcohol, marijuana has never been shown to cause an overdose death, nor does it share the addictive properties of tobacco. The short-term health effects of marijuana are inconsequential compared to the long-term effects of criminal records. Unfortunately, marijuana represents the counterculture to many Americans. In subsidizing the prejudices of culture warriors, government is subsidizing organized crime. The drug war’s distortion of immutable laws of supply causes big money to grow on little trees. Marijuana, which grows like a weed, would be virtually worthless if legal. The only clear winners in the war on marijuana are drug cartels and shameless tough-on-drugs politicians who’ve built careers confusing drug prohibition’s tremendous collateral damage with a relatively harmless plant. The big losers in this battle are the taxpayers who have been deluded into believing big government is the appropriate response to nontraditional consensual vices. The results of a comparative study of European and U.S. rates of drug use can be

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McGregor’s wrongheaded letter It seems like a new group of opportunistic propagandists finds a way to hitch its wagon to Earth Day each year, and this time around it was the animal-rights nuts pushing the envelope. Not only were the claims in Charles McGregor’s recent anti-meat letter wrong-headed, but it wasn’t even his own letter to begin with (See “Cool your diet,” Letters, 4/17/08). While the United Nations claims that global livestock production may account for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, data from the Environmental Protection Agency show that here at home, domestic meat production only contributes 2.4 percent. Since American farmers are far more eco-friendly than their counterparts overseas, eating home-grown meat is a great way to be “green.” More disturbing, however, is that Mr. McGregor’s letter — the same exact word-forword message — also appeared in more than 50 other newspapers this month. In each case, a different “author” signed it. This isn’t a coincidence. It’s a program of the deceptive Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM), a Marylandbased radical group which misleads countless Americans by hijacking hundreds of newspaper opinion pages every year.


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David Martosko, Research Director, Center for Consumer Freedom Washington, D.C.

Stupid prohibition Maintaining expensive reefer madness drug laws by sacrificing public education shows that drugs can cause real insanity. The madness is in legislators, not drug users. The very idea of cutting education funds while one dollar is spent on a useless drug crusade that has failed for 94 straight years is true lunacy. Claiming to “protect� children while destroying their futures shows how devastatingly stupid drug prohibition really is.

nattering nabobs. They propose promises, knowing voters vacillate. God bless democracy. I may not like the choices, but I have choices to make. I miss laudable leadership that energizes the electorate. I miss a leader that can’t be bought, has morals, values and spiritual thought. I miss Mister Smith going to Washington. These days candidates must be sassy on Saturday Night Live, jovial with Jay Leno and withstand wailings from the left, right and center. We put them under a magnifier and marvel if they pass through national nosiness. Yet, people still chose to run the race for the White House. So, I choose to vote this November and urge others as well — even though we may end up with “the same old wine in a brand new bottle,� as Loggins and Messina sang.

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There goes the bride Five local wedding venues file to become legitimate, but will they receive their permits in time? by Matthew Singer As the start of wedding season looms, five county locations have only recently filed to obtain the permits needed to operate as official wedding venues, a sometimes lengthy process that could place more than a few local unions in jeopardy. According to Ventura County Planning Director Kim Rodriguez, a complaint was logged against the venues — which she declined to name — for allegedly holding wedding ceremonies without Conditional Use Permits (CUP). As per procedure, the businesses were served with letters informing them of the county’s regulations and how to go about rectifying the issue. In order to receive a CUP to hold events such as weddings, the property must meet several criteria related to environmental impact, traffic, water quality and other issues. If a negative declaration is issued, it could take up to six months to

“With the economy the way it is, there was a change in the nursery industry, and it was hard to make money off what I used to do,” she says. “There were so many people coming into the industry selling plants for less. It was difficult to stay in the industry and turn a profit, but I have an outdoor garden location, and I had to come up with a new use for it.” Although it took her a decade to meet the requirements in order to be granted a CUP, Hartley did receive a compliance agreement from the county in what she claims was a special situation: Because she was leasing the 40 acres her business stands on, responsibility fell onto the property owner to abate the land use violations. Hartley’s case is cited in Amodei’s press release as precedent for the issuing of a compliance agreement for the five venues. Without one, the release reads, the venues will be “immediately shut … down,” leading to “total financial ruin for

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Mother’s Day peace proclamation Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions will hold a public meeting to celebrate, discuss and reaffirm Julia Ward Howe’s 1870 Mother’s Day Peace Proclamation.

Sunday, May 4 at 3 p.m. at the E.P. Foster Library, Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, log on to www.c-p-r.net/ or call 850-5849.

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On about 50 handshakes and a prayer, leaders from faith organizations throughout Ventura County came together April 29 to promote a living wage, healthcare for the uninsured and affordable housing, among other social justice issues. The interfaith breakfast, sponsored by Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy and Central Coast Organizing Project, was designed to connect churches, synagogues and temples with community organizers so the groups can rally together for change. “There’s an opportunity for a dream that’s emerging here,” said the Rev. Dennis Jacobsen, a pastor at Incarnation Lutheran Church in Milwaukee who was one of the featured speakers at the event at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Downtown Ventura. “It’s a way to also strengthen your congregations.” However, Gilbert Cuevas, founder of the Latino youth organization Future Leaders of America, spoke out at the end of the meeting to say the faith community still has a long way to go in promoting equality. “Churches are the most segregated place at 11 o’clock on Sunday,” he said. “You are not fulfilling your responsibility to people on Earth or to God above.” Agreeing with Cuevas, the other featured speaker at the event, Dr. Manuel Pastor, director of the Environmental and Regional Equality program at USC, said California churches are often not racially integrated. “They are one of the most segregated institutions,” he said, calling on the community leaders to reach across ethnic and economic divides to increase diversity in their congregations. Pastor urged those present to think about equality in a regional way instead of an individualistic way. “People are actually now tired of being separated from one another,” said Pastor, who just finished writing a book, which has yet to be released, on regional equality. Ventura County’s unbalances — spatially and racially, economically and environmentally — have created inequalities and problems for all locals, not just minorities or the poor, he said. “Regions that are fairer grow faster,” he said. “Unfairness breeds sprawl and a lack of sustainability.” Gloria Roman, CAUSE vice president, said although the faith community may have a long journey ahead, leaders are beginning to take steps forward. “You know what? This is our time, and it’s time to change all that. The civil rights movement, they didn’t wait, they went on with all that struggle, and look where we are now,” she said. Central Coast Organizing Project plans to hold four other events in the coming months to continue to try to unite the faithbased community.

The Rev. Bernice Gomez, vice chair of the Oxnard-Port Hueneme Ministerial Association, urged leaders not to oversimplify the diversity in Ventura County. “You kind of don’t want to throw all the tortillas in the bread basket and think that we’re all the same,” she said. “If you don’t know about us, you’ve got to visit our community.” Gomez said her organization, which works with the Oxnard and Port Hueneme police departments to combat gang violence, has already accomplished many of the goals discussed at the meeting. “We have done this,” she said. “I believe Ventura’s trying to cover bases we’ve already covered in Oxnard.” The Rev. Edgar Mohorko, who works with Gomez and serves as the city of Oxnard’s executive director of youth outreach and gang intervention, said the faith coalition he and Gomez have assembled represents more than 30,000 people in Oxnard and Port Hueneme. “The churches have masses of people, so it’s a good concept,” he said. ✦

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many of these small business owners as many weddings are displaced.” “We’re talking hotels, airfare, lawsuits — it’s going to be so catastrophic,” Amodei says. “Anywhere from 100 to 150 weddings could be canceled in the upcoming month.” Supervisor Peter Foy agrees the closure of five popular wedding locations could harm the local economy. “It’s a detriment to the community that is depending on these [weddings], not only financially but for these couples who have something planned at this beautiful place and have it taken away from them,” he says. “We’re going to do everything we can to process this as quickly as possible.” Rodriguez says the planning department is going to work to ensure the process moves along “in a timely matter,” to ensure there are little to no cancellations. But Hartley doesn’t believe the economic impact would be “catastrophic” if the venues are forced to close. “I think if people want to get married and want an outdoor garden venue, they’ll go to one that’s permitted,” she says. “I don’t think it will hurt the other industries. People will find places to get married that they like.” ✦

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finalize a permit, Rodriguez says. But what has upset the accused violators is the county board of supervisors’ refusal to grant a temporary compliance agreement, which would allow the venues to continue hosting weddings during the permitting process. On April 23, Jennifer Amodei, owner of Amodei Villa in Somis, circulated a press release saying that if these venues close, “the financial damage could be estimated over $10 million in revenue for our county,” in addition to “the emotional damage to hundreds of brides with nowhere to have their wedding.” As of press time, Amodei says the matter has been resolved, though she refused to comment on exactly what that means. Rodriguez, however, indicated in a prior interview that the venues in question would still not be receiving compliance agreements. “It’s an unfair business practice if we allow weddings to occur in locations who don’t have a conditional use permit as opposed to those who’ve gone through the process,” Rodriguez says. Barbara Hartley, proprietor of Hartley Botanica, is one such business owner who has gone through the process. She says she filed for her CUP 10 years ago and only received it last year.

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Still waiting for Chioma … Friends and family insist Chioma Gray was kidnapped despite police claims she left willingly, meanwhile, critics charge racial bias in media coverage of missing person cases CHIOMA GRAY’S BIRTHDAY

passed April 27, and still there was no word. The Buena High School student turned 15, and her family and friends celebrated the day with a barbecue missing its star, 126 days after any of them last saw or spoke with her. Their prayers continue. Their hope that she is safe persists. They continue to count each day she has been gone. They have even launched a business in hopes of raising money to offer a reward to help find Chioma, but, for now, still no word from the teenager who loved her family and studied hard in hopes of becoming an OB/GYN and running a medical practice with her sister, who is studying to become a pediatrician. Chioma is still missing.

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Chiomaezronesha Gray was last seen by her family when her father and brother dropped her off at Buena High on Dec. 13, 2007. When her mother, Franciene Black, showed up at the school to pick her up, Chioma was nowhere to be found. School officials said she never went to class, and her friends hadn’t seen her. By 5:30 or so, Ventura Police Department investigators say, Black showed up at the department to report her daughter missing. As they questioned her, Black informed the police about Andrew Joshua Tafoya, the then-20-year-old man who previously had a relationship with Chioma. Tafoya, Black revealed, served 147 days of a 210-day sentence after pleading to having sex with Chioma, a minor. In addition to his sentence Tafoya was on three years’ probabation, among the conditions of which was a stipulation that he not contact Chioma. Black also believed she was to be notified if he was released early. She was not. Black told police she feared Tafoya had taken Chioma somewhere. That same day, Ventura Police Investigations Unit Supervisor Lt. Ray Vance said, the department received a report from a car lot in Ventura that they were missing a 2008 white Acura. Tafoya, they learned, worked at the car lot as a car washer as part of his work furlough. Police reports from the time show that Tafoya was driving that car when he met with a friend of his early that morning. A vehicle matching its description was also seen on a security camera at Chioma’s high school. When the police made the connection between the two reports they ran the car’s license plate number through their computer system as a stolen vehicle, and it was quickly revealed that it had crossed into Mexico at about 1:20 the same day. “By the time that Francience came in here to report her daughter missing we believe that Tafoya, Miss Gray and the car had crossed into Mexico three to four hours prior to her even being reported being missing,” Vance said. The FBI was contacted and asked to get involved with the investigation, since it now appeared Chioma had been taken across state lines and into another country. Ventura police investigators, though, refuse to call the case an abduction. “From what our investigation shows it’s not an abduction case,” Vance said. “It’s a voluntary runaway with him.” The police are investigating the case as a felony for “child stealing,” contributing to the delinquency of a minor, car theft and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. “You have to realize also that we, as parents, want the safe return of Chioma as well,” said Sgt. Rick Murray, part of the Ventura Police Department team investigating the case. “She is a 14-year-old girl, and we want her safe return ourselves. We work this case every day in some fashion.” Black, however, wasn’t satisfied the police acted quickly enough in the case, or that the proper precautions were made to enforce the provisions of Tafoya’s sentence preventing him from

contacting her daughter. She is not alone. Marisa Enriquez, a friend of Chioma’s, was a cheerleader with Chioma’s older sister. Chioma was friends with Enriquez’s younger sister. Enriquez doesn’t believe Chioma would have run off with Tafoya. She says the police dismissed the case because of the alleged sexual relationship. She does believe Chioma may have got in Tafoya’s car to talk to him, but he may have had other plans. “I don’t think he forced her into the car,” Enriquez said. “I think he kinda wanted to talk to her, and she was willing to go talk to him, and then he had other ideas. I think he just never let her come home.” Enriquez believes if Chioma had willingly left with Tafoya, she would have at least tried to make contact, if only to say

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letter alleged early problems in the investigation, as well as failures before Chioma and Tafoya disappeared. Black was not prepared to comment further for her story beyond a Feb. 28 statement issued to the press. In that statement, Black said Chioma called her life “The Perfect Story,” and expressed her love and dedication to her family. “Few people have had the wonderful opportunity of knowing Chioma,” Black said. “She is extremely quiet and shy, with a great sense of humor. We miss her beautiful smile and spirit, and I especially miss her sweet gentle presence.” Chioma maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average, Black said, and she was a great athlete, well behaved and confident. “She is innocent, sweet, brave and a beautiful person who is truly loved and respected by all,” she said. “My daughter Chioma and our family’s dreams are on hold.” Through an accompanying statement from Allred, Black claimed she was supposed to be notified when Tafoya was released from work furlough. He was also not supposed to contact Chioma, but about four months before the disappearance Black reported to the police that he had violated that term of his probation. Murray confirmed the report was made, but after interviewing Chioma and Tafoya, he said evidence provided by Black which she believed would prove a violation occurred actually refuted the two had made contact. “When they left that day that investigation was still going on,” Vance said. “Since they crossed or disappeared, that case has been resolved. Both Black and Tafoya’s parents know the status of that case because there’s now evidence to show what they believe to be going on is going on.”

When Chioma Gray disappeared Dec. 13, 2007 she was still 14-years-old. she was OK. “We waited for her to call on Christmas, her mom’s birthday, on New Year’s Eve and on her birthday,” Enriquez said. “I would think she would at least call and say ‘hey mom, I’m safe,’ and hang up.” Enriquez said she and her boyfriend have decided to work on a business set up by Franciene Black to raise money to help pay for another reward for Gray. “I pray every day that she is (safe),” Enriquez said. “And if she is just out there, I hope she comes to her senses that this is, you know, not right.”

✦ More direct approaches have been taken to question the police department’s dedication to the case. In a story first reported by the Ventura County Star in February, Black, and her attorney, Gloria Allred, sent a letter criticizing “the numerous ways in which the system failed to protect Chioma” to the District Attorney of Ventura County. The

It is unclear how that resolution was arrived at, as the police would not discuss details about the investigation. However, an affidavit from Gene Kennedy, the FBI agent investigating the case, issued to support an arrest warrant and complaint in the case, painted a grim picture of the circumstances leading up to the disappearance. Tafoya was arrested in March 2007 for a sexual encounter with Chioma and began his sentence in June. He wasn’t to have any contact with her or any other minor without a responsible adult present as a condition of his probation. While incarcerated, he wrote a letter to Chioma saying he loved her and that they would be together after he was released. Black told a Ventura detective in July that Chioma had admitted having sex with Tafoya on July 9, 10 days after his sentence started. He denied the allegations. Results of the DNA test were not available at the time of the report. In October, a county crime lab discovered semen on a pair of underwear both Black and Chioma said she was wearing on that day, and two detectives later obtained a DNA sample from Tafoya to make a comparison, although Tafoya continued to deny the allegations. Meanwhile, the foundations may have been laid for the two to travel together to Mexico. Interviews by Ventura police detectives revealed in the FBI report show Chioma told friends Tafoya was trying to convince her to leave the country with him when his sentence was over and that he was afraid he would be sentenced to 20 years in jail if they didn’t go together. Chioma wasn’t sure if she wanted to leave with him, but didn’t believe Tafoya would force her to go. The reports, taken after the abduction, also said Chioma claimed the two would shoot each other if they thought they would be caught. One, Ashley Diaz, told investigators she believed Tafoya had brainwashed Chioma. Another, Jeramy Little, said Chioma wanted to leave with Tafoya and that the two would commit suicide together. The possibility she may have wanted to leave made it harder to


✦ Despite Allred’s demand that the District Attorney investigate alleged systemic failures that may have precipated Chioma’s disappearance, Ventura County Chief Assistant District Attorney James Ellison said it’s not the D.A.’s job to investigate the internal workings of a law enforcement agency. “If you’re talking about something that does not rise to the level of some criminal activity, you’re really just talking to the performance of that agency,” Ellison said. “The people in oversight of that agency would be the chief of the agency and ultimately up to the city council.” Ellison said different law enforcement agencies investigate crimes in different ways and the myriad discretionary choices police officers make happen quickly. “I think it is highly inappropriate to second guess a lot of those decisions because often you don’t know what goes into those decisions, it’s a judgment call,” he said. As far as Chioma’s disappearance, Ellison wouldn’t discuss the details of how his department would prosecute Tafoya after he is found. He did call the case an abduction. “I’m using an abduction because that’s what everyone has kind of referred to it as,” he said. Tafoya is not charged with kidnapping, but a felony charge of taking a child without a parent’s permission, felony auto theft and a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a child. “In this case even though the child may have gone willingly, and I’m not saying she did or didn’t, this person didn’t have a custodial right to the child,” Ellison said. “Willingness or unwillingness doesn’t play into our prosecution at all because it’s a felony.” Ellison said the D.A.’s office takes the case seriously and will continue to do so through a trial, whenever that might take place. “As long as a child is missing a case is important,” he said. “It doesn’t get any less important because time goes by. Leads may fade or cool and the posture of the investigation can change, but the importance of the case until the child is found doesn’t diminish. Any time you are talking about a child taken from its parents, whether or not it is willing, clearly if it is an unwilling act, everybody’s senses are heightened, but from law enforcement’s perspective I think if someone is taken from their parents there’s always a concern.”

✦ As long as the pair are believed to be outside U.S. borders, the FBI will direct the investigation. It has updated its Web site with information on the case and pictures of both Chioma and Tafoya (information is available at www.fbi.gov/wanted/kidnap/gray_c. htm and www.fbi.gov/wanted/alert/tafoya_aj.htm). “As in a lot of cases, it’s pretty tough,” FBI Spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said of investigating cases in Mexico. “We work, of course,with local law enforcement. We clearly don’t have the same authority we have here in the U.S.” Eimiller said the FBI has legal attachés stationed within the country and an agent at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. “Cases don’t go away, particularly when you’re dealing with egregious cases,” She said. “We won’t stop until Tafoya and Chioma are found.” If they are, Tafoya will be turned over to Ventura County

authorities to face charges here. As it began working with the FBI, the Ventura Police department did take other measures. They contacted law enforcement agencies in San Diego and other communities near the Mexican border, in case the pair were seen again in the United States, Murray said.

✦ As it stands, though, nearly five months have passed from the last time anyone in her family saw Chioma. All her clothes remain where she left them, and Chioma’s beloved puppy, Pinkie Stiles, is now being cared for by her family. There have been no breathless dissections of the investigation by CNN’s Nancy Grace and there have been no tabloid covers asking in blaring letters where Chioma has gone. The Reporter is not exempt from criticism. While its weekly format means the paper rarely covers any breaking crime stories, including kidnappings and disappearances, we, like other publications, did receive pleas for help when Gray first went missing. It wasn’t until the FBI announced a private organization, the Carole Sund/Carrington Foundation had set up a $5,000 reward for information leading to Gray’s safe return that something clicked and we realized the case had yet to be solved and that, months after her disappearance, she, like thousands of other missing children, has not become a national sensation. This news stoked the questions. It may not be the type of coverage we do, but why wouldn’t this case be of interest to the community? Chioma’s disappearance and the lack of coverage thereof has brought the attention of activists and children’s advocates across the country. When news spread of her disappearance alerts showed up across the Internet. Word has spread through postings on blogs such as Deidra Robey’s Black and Missing but Not Forgotten. Robey, who was unavailable for an interview at the time the Reporter contacted her, set up a Photos courtesy of www.fbi.gov

initiate an AMBER Alert, which was not issued. The alerts, short for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response, were set up in the late ’90s in the aftermath of the kidnapping and murder of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman of Arlington, Texas. They are quickly disseminated announcements made by law enforcement and circulated through broadcast networks, electronic road signs and other methods to quickly raise public awareness about child abductions. There are, however, clearly defined criteria established to achieve a uniform system for the alerts and to ensure effectiveness and avoid public desensitization to missing person cases. In California, AMBER Alerts can only be initiated by law enforcement. They are intended for serious, time critical abduction cases and aren’t intended for runaways or parental abductions, unless those cases pose a serious risk to the abductee. To issue an AMBER Alert a law enforcement agency must confirm an abduction has taken place, the victim must be 17 years or younger (there is an older cutoff for disabled victims), there has to be reason to believe the victim is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death, and there has to be information available that could assist a victim’s safe recovery if it is disseminated to the public. Only one AMBER Alert has been initiated in Ventura County since the system began. Even if Chioma’s disappearance was deemed an abduction that option was taken off the table once it became clear the two were likely already in Mexico. That country doesn’t have an AMBER Alert system, and the FBI must rely on its contacts with law enforcement there to help solve the case and locate Chioma and Tafoya.

Now 21, Andrew Joshua Tafoya is accused of taking Chioma Gray to Mexico in a stolen car news feed and fundraising efforts to publicize this and other cases of missing African Americans. She is one of many critics who argue there is a pattern of neglect from media outlets toward missing person cases involving non-white individuals and those of lower social standing. In an e-mail, Robey claimed the Ventura Police Department consistently mishandled information that could have helped their case and that multiple mistakes were made on posters issued about Chioma’s disappearance (Posts about Gray on Robey’s site can be found at blackandmissing.blogspot.com/ search?q=Chioma+Gray). “Had [the Ventura Police Department] handled it correctly, the information would’ve got out quicker, and more news stations would have picked up on her story,” Robey said in the e-mail. “I’m not a journalist, but I know that some would rather have the facts straight before they do a story. So, I don’t blame them (now) for that, but I am just as confused as everyone else as to why her case is being handled the way it is.” Another organization, Saving Our Children, has publicized Chioma’s disappearance as part of monthly YouTube videos profiling missing person cases involving African Americans. “The purpose of the organization is to help spread the fact that a lot of African American children go missing and don’t receive the coverage,” said Gaetane Borders, a representative of Saving our Children. Borders said the organization randomly selects cases to highlight among the many she receives, and Chioma’s was one of the ones selected. “The case in and of itself is a very troublesome and interesting case altogher, so we wanted to alert the public,” Borders said. She said if the media had made a greater push early on to cover the case, members of the public who might have encountered Chioma or Tafoya would have had the details to identify them. She said a child is reported missing every 40 seconds in the United States. “That’s a preponderance of kids who don’t get media cover-

age,” Borders said. “Thirty-three percent of these kids are African American. If you look at the news coverage you’re not really seeing 33 percent of these kids identified or shown in the news or on milk cartons and everything.” It’s not that Caucasian children or children of other ethnic groups don’t deserve coverage, Borders said, just that all missing children should be publicized in the first 24 hours. She said it’s better to err on the side of caution and publicize too much information, even for runaways. “I think we need to put every single safeguard in place for children who don’t return home when they’re supposed to be home,” she said. “We have far more to lose by not broadcasting it as loud as possible, than by overdoing it.” Vance, of the Ventura Police Department, defended the investigation into Gray’s disappearance and the criticism the department has received. “It’s a reality of doing police work,” he said. “You’re always going to have people asking questions. A lot of times when people are asking questions they don’t understand the reasons for or why not to do an AMBER alert or some of the other things we do.”

✦ Locally, some are upset the media aren’t in better contact with the African American community. “This child has been missing all this time,” said John R. Hatcher III, the executive director and immediate past president of the Ventura County NAACP, during an April 28 interview. “You are the first person, the first person to call me.” Hatcher said local media do not understand the black community in Ventura County. “We feel the attention given to us as black people is very little,” he said. “When it comes to black folks, the Star, the newspapers and radio and T.V., when it comes to a black person if we did not rob a bank or kill or shoot somebody we don’t make the front page.” The black community in Ventura County is invisible, Hatcher said, so cases like Chioma’s often go unreported (the Star did publish a story about the case on Feb. 29 and a brief about Chioma’s disappearance on Feb. 5). Despite the stories it has produced, Hatcher said he feels the Star is “institutionally racist” from a black point of view. “They don’t seek out and look up and find out what we’re doing to write about it,” he said. Star editor Joe Howry defended his paper’s journalism. “We publish our newspaper every day, and our record speaks for itself,” Howry said in an e-mail. “Mr. Hatcher’s inflammatory comments are untrue, unsubstantiated and flat irresponsible. I am comfortable with our readers judging for themselves about our coverage of the black community in Ventura County.” Instead of focusing on negative perceptions of African Americans, Hatcher said reporters interested in fairly covering their community should go to their churches and community events. “We have weddings, we have picnics, we have churches,” Hatcher said. “We have a lot of stuff in our community that you never ever talk about until something bad happens.” Howry said there is merit to the argument that racial and social dynamics play a role in how media cover disappearance cases, but that he thinks it is more typical in television than print journalism. “The only thing I can tell you about our coverage of the Chioma Gray case is that it’s a local story with a great deal of local interest,” Howry said. “I believe the dynamics of the story have more to do with the interest than the ethnic make-up of the participants. I know for us that is the case.” Vance and Murray said they don’t influence the type of stories that run in the local media, and that they have no biases when pursuing cases, whether there are racial, religious, sexual orientation-related or other factors at play. Both also said the evidence they have suggests both individuals were involved in the planning of the incident, despite Black’s belief Chioma wouldn’t have left so much of her life behind. “That may all be true,” Vance said. “I don’t know, but what she agreed to, and obviously I would think if she was going to runaway with somebody and she and her friend or her boyfriend or whatever has agreed to do, I don’t think that’s something you’re going to go tell your mom or your parents and say, “Hey, I’m running away and going to Mexico.’” As a parent of a teenager himself, though, Vance said he knew where she was coming from. “I would want the same things as a parent,” he said. “I would want everyone working on it and doing that diligently.” The department has publicized the case with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, he said, and both the Ventura Police Department and the FBI have expended a lot of effort on the case. “We’ve done everything we can do getting information out and warrants out into the system,” he said. “We’ve done everything we can do notifying people, using any technological advances to enhance this investigation. It’s just a matter of right now hoping one of those things falls into place.” ✦

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Do you pick who and what gets covered? No. It’s a combination of myself, the writers and Comedy Central. That’s the way the first round of it went, at least. When you work for a network, they’re gonna put their two cents in. That’s the price you pay to get paid.

Any episodes you’d recommend for a first-time viewer? I like the Oprah vs. the Catholic Church one, and, just because it was so silly, Tila Tequila vs. Kim Jong-il. That was pretty funny. It’s just a silly-ass show in a lot of ways, and


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CRAFT TIME 6:30 pm. Special program: Crafts with Stephanie. H.P. Wright Library, 57 Day Road, Ventura. 642-0337.

Through May 11, Thursdays through Saturdays at 7 pm and Sundays at 3 pm. The Buena High School Drama Department presents this musical about a down-and-out skid row floral assistant who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Buena High School Auditorium. 289-1826, ext. 1260.

SHREK: TALES FROM THE SWAMP Through May 10. The all-volunteer troupe of Gypsies in a Trunk continues its 14th season of free Fairy Tales in the Park. Free, donations accepted. May 3 in Westlake Village at 11 am at Foxfield Park and Simi Valley at 4 at the Rancho Simi Amphitheater in Rancho Simi Community Park; May 4 at Harbor View Park in Channel Islands Harbor at 2 pm; May 10 in Camarillo at 11:30 am behind the Community Recreation Center, 1605 E Burnley St. and in Ventura at 4 pm at Barranca Vista Park, 7050 Ralston. www.fairytalesinthepark.com. (661) 718-3968. Thursday, May 1 SPECIAL EVENTS OJAI STORYTELLING FESTIVAL Presenting seven of the best-known storytellers in the world. This year’s lineup includes Grammy-winning musician and storyteller David Holt and five-time West Virginia Liar’s contest winner, Bil Lepp. Libbey Bowl. 646-8907. www.ojaistoryfest.org.

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. THE UNDERPANTS 8 pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3 pm Sunday. The Ventura College Theatre Department presents this 1910 play by Carl Sternheim, adapted for the modern audience by Steve Martin. $7-$9. Ventura College Theatre. 654-6400, ext. 3194. jvarela@vcccd.edu. OHIO 8 pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 pm Sunday. The Theatre Arts Department at California Lutheran University will present a professor’s original musical about the Kent State shooting. CLU, Preus-Brandt Forum. $10. 493-3415. Concerts NEW WEST SYMPHONY 8 pm. Beethoven’s “Ninth” will end the symphony’s season. Thursday at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way. Saturday at the Countrywide Performing Arts Center at the Thousand Oaks, Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. 1-866-776-8400. www.newwestsymphony.org.

LITERATURE & POETRY BOOKS & BREW 4-5 pm. Religion lecturer Paul Egertson, Ph.D., will review “Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know - and Doesn’t” by Stephen Prothero. Roth Nelson Room, CLU. jabond@callutheran.edu. 493-3244.

Friday, May 2 SPECIAL EVENTS OJAI STORYTELLING FESTIVAL See Thursday. FIRST FRIDAYS Evening. A chance to visit galleries, hear music and dine in Downtown Ventura.

THEATER BLUE/ORANGE Through May 25. 8 pm Fridays and Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays. In a London psychiatric hospital, an enigmatic patient claims to be the son of an African dictator — a story that becomes unnervingly plausible. This is an incendiary tale of race, madness and a Darwinian power struggle at the heart of a dying National Health Service. Elite Theatre Company, 730 S. B St., Oxnard. Elitetheatre.org. 483-5118. VISITING MR. GREEN Through May 25. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm. One of the most widely performed plays around the world, “Visiting Mr. Green” is a poignant, at times hilarious, and heartwarming portrayal of the collision of two men: one a devout Jewish widower, the other a young hot-shot American Express executive. $18-$12. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. 7th St., Santa Paula. 525-4645. 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. THE UNDERPANTS See Thursday. OHIO See Thursday.

CONCERTS BRIGHAM YOUNG SINGERS 7:30 pm. Brigham Young University Singers are a captivating and versatile choir with impressive range and style. Ventura High School Auditorium. $7.50, all proceeds go toward a scholarship fund for Ventura County students. ventura.aa.byu.edu. 658-1974.

LITERATURE & POETRY BOOK SIGNING 2 pm. Author Pat Clark Doerner will talk about how a Ventura County boy became

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the second most powerful man in Reagan’s White House. Doerner will sign her new book, “From Ranch House to White House: Judge William P. Clark, Reagan’s Top Hand.” Free. Museum of Ventura County. 653-0323, ext. 10.

Saturday, May 3 SPECIAL EVENTS OJAI STORYTELLING FESTIVAL See Thursday. QUILTING BY THE SEA 10 am-5 pm, also 10 am-4 pm Sunday. The Camarillo Quilters Association will display 200 quilts and textile art pieces. San Miguel Hall, Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 Harbor Blvd., Ventura. $7. 644-1365. www. camarilloquilters.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. BLUE/ORANGE See Friday. VISITING MR. GREEN See Friday. THE FULL MONTY See Friday. NUDE WITH PINAPPLE Through May 10, Saturdays 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. THE UNDERPANTS See Thursday. OHIO See Thursday.

ART ART OPENING 3-5 pm. The Nathan Larramendy Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition, “Pedestal,” new work by Amir H. Fallah, through June 4. Pedestal is Fallah’s first solo exhibition at the Nathan Larramendy Gallery. 107 S. Signal St., Ojai. www.larramendygallery.com. OPENING RECEPTION 4-7 pm. For Judy Klement’s exhibit, “California Places and Faces.” Buenaventura Gallery. 700 Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648.1234. www.buenaventuragallery.com.

CONCERTS NEW WEST SYMPHONY See Thursday.

Sunday, May 4 SPECIAL EVENTS OJAI STORYTELLING FESTIVAL See Thursday. QUILTING BY THE SEA See Saturday. MOORPARK ARTS FESTIVAL 11 am-4 pm. The event will showcase a variety of art and feature events for the entire family. Moorpark Civic Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. and High Street Arts Center, 45 E. High St. 517-6260.

THEATER BLUE/ORANGE See Friday. VISITING MR. GREEN See Friday. THE FULL MONTY See Friday. NUDE WITH PINAPPLE See Saturday. THE UNDERPANTS See Thursday. OHIO See Thursday.

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

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LITERATURE & POETRY POETRY READING ongoing, 7:30 pm. An open mic hosted by Roe Estep. Artist’s Union Gallery, 330 S. California St., Ventura. 643-3012. www. venturaartistunion.org.

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Thursday, 5/1 LIVE MUSIC Beachcomber Tavern: Code Red Caffe Bella: Owen Plant, 8 p.m. The Canyon: Sugarcult followed by the Spazmatics w/ DJ Richie Rich Experimental Café: Ashtray Life, Ebu Gogo, Echoheart Project, Teradactyls, 8 p.m. It’s All Good: An Evening of Led Zeppelin Karma Lounge: Good Guys in Black Nicholby’s: Reggae Revolution featuring the Pyrx Band w/ Doug Means Project w/ DJ Ambassador Jr. Rookees: Agent Orange w/ Zippy Josh & the Rag Tag Band, 9 p.m. Tailgate: American Roots Wine Lovers: Reggae Night Zoey’s Café: Cary Judd & Isaac Hayden, 6 p.m.

HUGE CINCO DE MAYO WEEKEND PARTY! Thurs. - Mon., May 1 - 5

We’re blocking off the parking lot and extending the party OUTSIDE!! 3 STAGES • OUTDOOR MUSIC & DANCING 2 OUTDOOR BARS • A MECHANICAL BULL MARIACHIS • MEXICAN FOOD SPECIALS ALL NIGHT TACO BAR (Open til 2am)

DJS Bombay: Club Vibe featuring DJs, Chile, Down Café Fiore: 80s Night Casa Escobar: DJ Hush: DJ Pangaea: Thirsty Thursdays featuring DJs Valid, Juice, Wizkid, Also Ruby’s Café: Robcach Entertainment present Spicy Thursdays featuring DJs Alex E., Kiddspin, hosted by Santiago

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, 5/2 LIVE MUSIC Aqua Beachfront Bar: Unkle Monkey, 6:30 p.m. Bombay (Up Front): Joey Peate, 5:30 p.m., Custom Made w/ DJ SIN’RG Café Fiore: Airplay Caffe Bella: Johnny Smith & Chris Justin, 8 p.m. The Canyon: Asia followed by Disco Inferno Capistrano’s: Sound Effect, 8:30 p.m. DJ’s: Blues Bullet Experimental Café: Brian Travis Band, Brandon Reynolds, Waste Brigade, Killing Regime, Maxwell Smart, Automatic Hotel, Furiia, 5 p.m. J.J. Brewsky’s: Craig Saxon, 9 p.m. Keynote Lounge: TBA La Dolce Vita Lounge: Irie Smile Los Caporales: Ronzalaa Estrella Del Mar Movino: Groove City, 9 p.m. O’Leary’s: Floyd & the Sly Boys, 9 p.m. Outlaws: Group Therapy Pierpont Inn: Fern Barishman, 7 p.m. Rookees: The All Nighters, 9 p.m. The Shores: Teresa Russell Star Lounge: Inna Rude Mood, 9 p.m. Tailgate: Bushwackers Zoey’s Café: Makana, 8 p.m.

DJS Bombay (Club Oasis): Club FX featuring Rico & Mambo and DJs Wicked, Chile, PJ, Gorilla, Down Café Fiore (Tree House): DJ Casa Escobar: DJ Hush: DJ Karma Lounge: Taboo Fridays featuring DJs Larz, J Scratch Nicholby’s: 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

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

COMEDY, ETC. Comedy Esquire: Jen Kober, 8 p.m. The Sportsman (Camarillo): Ace Guillen w/ Gabriel Paul, Rio, Marie DelPrete, hosted by Daryl Rummens, 9 p.m.

Saturday, 5/3 LIVE MUSIC Aqua Beachfront Bar: Davey Miller, 6:30 p.m. Beachcomber Tavern: TBA, 7:30 p.m. Billy O’s: American Rocks Bombay (Up Front): Joey Peate, 5:30 p.m., Custom Made w/ DJ SIN’RG

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SUGARCULT

It isn’t much of a stretch to call pop-punkers Sug arcult the most successful band to emerge from Santa Barbara in the last decade. After growing into local stardom with their first two records, 1999’s Eleven and 2000’s Wrap Me Up In Plastic, the g roup went national with 2001’s Start Static, yielding three radio hits, one of which, the appropriately buoyant “Bouncing Of f the Walls,” made it onto the soundtrack of the semi-hit comedy Van Wilder. Despite losing one member who left to fight his alcoholism, the band has maintained a relatively high profile among the Warped Tour sect, touring with Green Day in Japan, perfor ming on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, contributing songs to video game soundtracks and releasing two LPs that each cracked the Top 100. Although the y are originally from Ventura County’s neighbor to the north, they have played here enough in their more modest days for their perfor mance at the Canyon on May 1 to be considered a homecoming.

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House Arrest

LIVE JAZZ

Café Fiore: Copy Cats Caffe Bella: Josh Damigo, 8 p.m. Capistrano’s: Sound Effect, 8:30 p.m. DJ’s: Blues Bullet Experimental Café: Reed KD, the Grandmas, the Atma, Jeff Ramuno, 8 p.m. Hi Cees: Steve White & the Barstool Pigeons, 5 p.m. J’s Tapas: Pre Cinco de Mayo Fiesta featuring Playa Thugs w/ DJs Ecto 1, Valid, Wizkid, Kidspin, hosted by Santiago, 7 p.m. J.J. Brewsky’s: Backtrax, 10 p.m. Keynote Lounge: TBA Movino: Baby Sister, 9 p.m. O’Leary’s: Floyd & the Sly Boys, 9 p.m. Oceanview Pavilion: Led Zepagain (Led Zeppelin tribute), Which One’s Pink? (Pink Floyd tribute), 8 p.m. Pierpont Inn: Mark Anthony, 7 p.m. Rock City: Rock Band Battle, 10 p.m. Rookees: Longstoryshort, 9 p.m. Tailgate: Action Down Zoey’s Café: Brendan B. Willing, James & Jenni Alpert, 8 p.m.

DJS Café Fiore (Tree House): DJ Bombay (Club Oasis): Club FX featuring DJs Wicked, Chile Casa Escobar: DJ Hush: DJ Karma Lounge: Sol Saturdays featuring DJs Cyberkid, Sweet P, Jack LaFleur, hosted by Suzanne

Gore, 12 p.m., Pajama Party featuring DJs Mister E, Crime, hosted by the Sexy Servers, 9 p.m. Nicholby’s: DJ Fred Rock Paddy’s: DJs Pangaea: Social Club Events presents Ambiance Saturdays featuring DJs Juice, Tony Collage, Aycer, Also Ruby’s Café: Adrenalina featuring DJs Orbs, Gorilla, Alex, Caney, Excalibur 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

OPEN MIC Rock City, open blues/rock jam, 7:30 p.m.

COMEDY, ETC. Comedy Esquire: Jen Kober, 9 p.m. The Sportsman (Camarillo): Sebastian Cetina w/ Ina Romeo, Renee Garcia, Luis Villasenor, Tony Garcia, hosted by Daryl Rummens, 9 p.m.

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Fun, Food, Friends!

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Prisoners of Folly and Evil Errol Morris’s Standard Operating Procedure deconstructs the Abu Ghraib photos by Andy Klein Standard Operating Procedure Appearing: Lynndie England, Sabrina Harman, Javal Davis, Tim Dugan, Janis Karpinski, and Brent Pack. Directed by Errol Morris. 118 min. Rated R. Standard Operating Procedure might seem like an obvious place for documentarian Errol Morris to go after making The Fog of War, his Oscar-winning 2003 portrait/interview of Vietnam-era Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. Once again, Morris is dealing with war at its morally foggiest. But his focus here is not merely on the notorious events at Abu Ghraib prison, but on the photographs that exposed a world of abuse and made the American people realize, if only briefly, what the rest of the world already knew: that the Bush administration has brought forth all that is worst about us and has destroyed any claim our nation may have had to moral stature. Just in case anyone needs a refresher: After the invasion of Iraq, the American forces made a startling-

ly undisguised symbolic gesture — having liberated the Iraqi people from the oppression of dictator Saddam Hussein, they took over Abu Ghraib Prison, famous as “Saddam's Torture Central,” and promptly repurposed it as “George’s Torture Central.” Having already shown its contempt for the bleeding-heart Geneva Convention in the fancy “legal” footwork establishing the detainee center at Guantanamo, the Bush Administration — including, but not limited to, the president, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld — made it clear to the military and the intelligence people that “extreme interrogation techniques” were perfectly acceptable in fighting the War on Terror. As with so many other issues during the last two or three decades, most of the major media, through a combination of frivolousness and outright pro-Republican toadying, upheld the view that we were a righteous moral beacon, until CBS and The New Yorker spilled the beans about photographs of torture within Abu Ghraib. At least, that's how most of us remember it. But the first thing that Morris questions in his film is the notion that these were photographs of

actual torture. Indeed, he compellingly argues that the most iconic shots — the hooded prisoner on the box, Lynndie England grinningly pointing at a naked man's cock, England and then-boyfriend Chuck Graner smiling behind a pile of naked Iraqis— were clearly staged. Back when his 1989 The Thin Blue Line was released, there was criticism and concern about Morris staging reconstructions of the crime for which Randall Adams was unjustly convicted, using “fictional” moviemaking techniques. But surely no one could conceivably have mistaken these beautifully lit, slo-mo sequences for “documentary” footage. His liberal use of reconstructions in Standard Operating Procedure is even more appropriate, given the central notion that many of these (and some of the other) photographs were themselves “reconstructions” or stagings. Indeed, Graner — who arranged these tableaux and was the closest thing to an evil ringleader among those convicted in the case — was into art and drama in high school, suggesting the Abu Ghraib photos were his amateur version of being a film director. In a coverup that the American

public would sooner not be reminded of, no one ranking higher than a staff sergeant served any time for other very real abuses that the photos bore witness to. Most of the film is made up of interview footage with those who were convicted, including England, Sabrina Harman, Javal Davis and Megan Ambuhl. Also memorable are General Janis Karpinski (who was also scapegoated by being stripped of her rank); Brent Pack, the Morris agent from the Army’s Criminal Investigations Division who assembled the photographic timeline and who blandly distinguishes between appalling abuses that constitute criminal acts and appalling abuses that are “standard operating procedure”; and, perhaps most compellingly, Tim Dugan, a contract interrogator appalled at untrained amateurs who abused prisoners because they didn’t have a clue what they were supposed to be doing. As always, Morris keeps himself off camera, only occasionally audible offscreen. But his editing reveals his

on the set at Abu Ghraib. mixed reaction to his interviewees. On the one hand, he gives them full rein to justify their actions. Thanks to her letters home, we know that Harman was genuinely appalled but at the same time too “nice,” too “likable,” to raise a fuss or refuse to go along with the degradation. Davis is perhaps slightly less convincing; and England is simply out of her depth. Despite our high opinion of our humanity and righteousness, they are all proof of Americans’ deficient moral education, modern equivalents of “good Germans.” ✦

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Two classic Paramount comedies finally enter the DVD Age by Andy Klein Midnight Starring: Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, John Barrymore, Francis Lederer, and Mary Astor. Directed by Mitchell Leisen. Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Easy Living Starring: Jean Arthur, Ray Milland, Edward Arnold, and Luis Alberni. Directed by Mitchell Leisen. Universal Studios Home Entertainment. One by one, the remaining gaps in the massive DVD catalog are being filled in. As with Lost Highway, which I wrote about a few weeks ago, the latest gems come via Universal Studios Home Entertainment. And again our gratitude is sullied by a degree of irritation: i.e., what took you so long? And where the hell are Murder, He Says (1945) and Miss Tatlock’s Millions (1948), Universal? The latest blessed events are the release of four great comedies

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made at Paramount in the ’30s and ’40s (Universal holds the rights to most of Paramount’s pre-1950 titles). Back in those days, Paramount had the best comedy stable, from which emerged the best work of W.C. Fields, Mae West, the Marx Brothers, and Hope and Crosby, as well as the early screenplays of Preston Sturges and Billy Wilder, both before and after they became directors. The earliest (West’s 1934 She Done Him Wrong) and latest (Wilder’s 1942 directorial debut, The Major and the Minor) are the better known of the new batch, so let’s look at the other, slightly more obscure, items: Midnight (1939) and Easy Living (1937), both directed by the vastly inconsistent Mitchell Leisen. Leisen was the greatest beneficiary of the soon-to-crumble wall between writing and directing in the studio system: His best period was when he had scripts by Sturges and Wilder to work from. In fact, Wilder claimed the main reason he decided to direct as well as write was to protect his dialogue from Leisen. Midnight is, to put it bluntly, one of my favorite comedies ever, the

sort of infinitely watchable gem that, in the days before home video, I would go see every single time it showed up at an accessible rep theater. (The wonderful convenience of home video is offset by the huge decline in such venues and by the disappearance of a sense of “specialness.” A film like Midnight might show up only once every year or two in Los Angeles, so you knew that you had to go and that you would be surrounded by an audience of kindred spirits.) Wilder and Charles Brackett, who later would transform Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs into the Howard Hawks classic Ball of Fire, also wrote this hilarious variation on Cinderella. Claudette Colbert stars as a penniless American stranded in Paris, who is converted into a bogus countess by fairy godfather John Barrymore — a millionaire who hopes that Colbert will divert the attentions of his wife’s young lover (Francis Lederer). Got it? Meanwhile, Colbert is also being pursued by Don Ameche, a hotheaded hack driver whom she won’t admit to

loving, on account of how he is almost as broke as she is. The dialogue is great: “That hat does something for you,” Colbert tells Barrymore’s wife (Mary Astor). “It ... it gives you a chin!” And the performances do it justice: Barrymore is especially brilliant in his last major role. Leisen did so-so work on two later Brackett-Wilder scripts, but here he doesn't miss a beat. This is the best Lubitsch film Lubitsch never directed. Easy Living isn’t quite in the same league, but it’s still the best film from a Sturges script prior to the writer’s ascension to directing. In the midst of the Great Depression, the third biggest banker in New York (Edward

Arnold) is so angry at his wife’s spendthrift ways he throws her latest fur coat off the penthouse roof. It sails down and lands on wageslave Jean Arthur, riding on the open-air level of a double-decker bus. Complications ensue, including a burgeoning romance with an automat employee (Ray Milland), actually the banker’s son, who is trying to prove he can survive without daddy’s help. These Universal DVDs are plain-vanilla: The transfers are acceptable, from clean prints, and the only extras are Robert Osborne’s brief introductions for Turner Classic Movies. At a list price of $15 — $10 to $12 online — they're a steal. ✦


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recording g roup Emerson Drive, whose hit “Moments” topped the country char ts in 2007, will headline the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation’s 18th annual Gold Dust Gala. Proceeds from the benefit event go toward early breast cancer detection and intervention. $95. www.golddustgala.com. 667-2881.

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Saturday, May 3, 4:3011:30 pm. The public is invited to come enjoy a multicultural festival with perfor mances by Aztec dance g roup Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc, Capoeir a (Brazilian mar tial ar ts) and live music. There will also be a fashion show and food. $10-$20. Money raised will benefit the Aztec dance and Capoeira g roups. Under the Sun Gallery, 432 Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura. 804-6433. underthesunartgallery@yahoo.com.

VENTURA LIMONCELLO LAUNCH EVENT Thursday, May 1, 5-9 pm. Ventur a Limoncello Company announces the of ficial launch of Limoncello Originale with a special event. The event will feature Limoncello Originale tastings and Limoncello based cocktails as well as hors d’oeuvres and desserts from Chef Didier Poirier. Donations $30 single or $50 couple. 71 Palm Restaurant, 71 N. Palm St, Ventura. www.venturalimoncello.com.

Thursday, May 1 MARKETS & SHOWS FARMER’S MARKET ongoing, 2-6:30 pm. Fresh from the fields to the table, the Certified California Farmers bring the freshest fruits and vegetables, all at the peak of the season. 403 West Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks. 529-6266.

CLASSES YOGADANCE WORKOUT ongoing, 8:15 am. All levels welcome. $7 drop-in fee. ZanZilla, 2750 E. Main St., Ventura. 890-4863. www.zanzillasyoga.com. VENTURA HEALING ROOMS ongoing, 9 am-4 pm, and by appointment. 701 E. Santa Clara St., Suite 11, Ventura. 647-6641 or www.LeeHodgesArt.com. OXNARD WEST COAST JUI-JITSU ongoing, 89 pm. 2945 Los Olivos, Oxnard. CAPOEIRA BATUQUE ongoing, 7:30-8:30 pm. A Brazilian martial arts class. Ventura Bell Arts Factory, 432 Ventura Ave.

GROUPS & CLUBS DEMOCRATIC CLUB 7 pm. May Day is Candidates' night at the Democratic Club of Camarillo! Democratic candidates for the 24th Congressional District, the 37th Assembly District, and the candidates for the non-partisan 3rd Supervisorial District race will be on hand to present statements. UFCW Hall, 816 Camarillo Springs Road. 504-3749. BREAST CANCER SUPPORT ongoing, 1:30-3 pm. Women in the Ventura area facing breast cancer have a new resource in their corner – a support group offered by The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura and Community Memorial Hospital. Free. Community Memorial Hospital Cancer Resource Center, 184 N. Brent St., Ventura. 379-4777. PARENTING SUPPORT GROUP ongoing, noon1:15 pm. A professionally facilitated support group that combines educational insight, peer and therapeutic feedback. Free initial assessment required prior to attendance. 204-7315. 12-STEP SURVIVORS OF INCEST ANONYMOUS ongoing, 5:30-6:30 pm. Group for men and women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse. 133 S. Laurel St., Ventura. 893-3322. COOPERATIVE PARENTING AND DIVORCE PROGRAM ongoing, 6:30 pm. Presented by Jewish Family Service to teach parents how to shield children from parental conflict and establish “co-parent”hood. 1815 E. Main St., Ventura. 641-6565. ONE AGAIN ongoing, 7:30 pm. Support and social group for widowed, divorced or separated individuals. Westlake Village Methodist Church, 1049 Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. $4 nonmembers. 653-6466.

STEPPING OUT DANCE MEDICINE ongoing, 7:30-9:30 pm. Healing through dance. $5-10 donation. Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery, Ojai. 798-1765. COUNTRY LOVERS 6:30 pm. Weekly dance lesson and party. $3. Family Center, 10269 Telephone Road, Ventura. 647-1893. www.countrylovers.com.

Friday, May 2 SPECIAL EVENTS DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE 7:30-10 pm. With renowned guest dance leader Tui Wilschinsky. The Dances of Universal Peace are joyful sacred circle dances that use phrases, chants, music and movement from the all world’s sacred traditions to touch the spiritual essence of our selves. No experience necessary. Suggested donation $15. Ojai Valley Woman’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave.

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THERAPY AND LATINOS noon Community Counseling Services of California Lutheran University is hosting a public lecture on providing therapy to Latinos. Dr. Steven Lopez, a UCLA professor, will speak about “Cultural Competence as Process: Moving Beyond Culture as Ethnicity.” Samuelson Chapel, CLU. 493-3580. cchristi@callutheran.edu.

GROUPS & CLUBS CHAMBER BREAKFAST 7-9 am. Learn strategies for effective sales and marketing in today’s economy at the Thousand Oaks-Westlake Village Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Networking Breakfast of Champions. Los Robles Greens Banquet Center, 299 S. Moorpark Road. $18.50$27. www.towlvchamber.org. BUDGET SCRAPBOOKING ongoing, 10-11:30 am. Learn how to attractively present mementos and photos. Free. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

CLASSES COOKING WITH WOMEN 7 pm. Join us as we make dinner and then sit and enjoy it with a glass of wine and great conversation. Call to reserve a space. $40. Ojai Culinary Studio, 315 N. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-1124.

STEPPING OUT DATES AND DJ’S 7:30-10:30 pm. Featuring Jo Cobbett, 5 Rhythms (TM) From Fumbling Towards Ecstasy. $15. Makoto Dojo, 3026 Telegraph Road, Ventura. www.waywebby.com/dancejam. MAY DANCE 6:30-11:30 pm. Come join the fun and the dance music of the Bluebirds Band. Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 S. Figueroa St., Ventura. $10. 642-7931. COUNTRY LOVERS 7-11 pm. Country western dance. The House of Dance, 3007 Bunsen Ave., Ventura. $5. 647-1893. www.countrylovers.com. THOUSAND OAKS DANCE CLUB 7:30-10:30 pm. Singles and couples welcome. Goebel Senior Adult center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. 381-2744.

Sunday, May 4 SPECIAL EVENTS CARENOW FUNDRAISING GALA 5 pm. CareNow Foundation is pleased to announce Nick Vujicic as the keynote speaker for the foundation’s second annual SafariNow fundraising gala. Moorpark Country Club. $125. (818) 587-2451. www.carenowfoundation.org. DUDLEY OPEN HOUSE 10 am-4 pm. A Flea Market and Collectibles Faire, a May 25, 1943 mystery-suspense radio program with Agnes Moorehead in “Sorry, Wrong Number” and 1928-29 recordings of Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang will be featured in the Dudley House historic recording series during the Dudley House open house. Corner of Ashwood and Loma Vista in Ventura. 644-3286. HILLS ON WHEELS 2 pm. “Hills on Wheels” is an interactive family bicycle tour of the lower Ventura River valley. The ride will follow Ventura’s awardwinning Ventura River Trail bike path through historic urban and rural landscapes with the Ventura Hillsides as an ever-present backdrop. Upper Patagonia parking lot, Ventura. Ventura Hillsides Conservancy. 643-8044. www.venturahillsides.org. CAMARILLO HOSPICE SPRING GARDEN TOUR noon-4 pm. The tour is a major fundraiser for Camarillo Hospice, a volunteer hospice and grief support center dedicated to the dignity of life by providing free care, comfort, support and counseling to individuals and families facing a life-limiting illness and/or grieving the loss of a loved one. $25. 389-6870. www.camarillohospice.org.

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A DAY IN THE COUNTRY 11 am-2 pm. Montessori School of Ojai Presents the 25th annual event featuring pony rides, a BBQ lunch, jolly jumps, live music, game booths, craft booths, a petting zoo, a farmers market and much more! Free. 806 W. Baldwin Road, Ojai. TICKET TO RIDE 7:30-9:30 pm. An exciting musical journey through the Best Of The Beatles, opening with their greatest hits from the ’60s through the Sgt. Pepper era with authentic costume changes. $26-$40. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. 449-2787. www.toaks.org/theatre/tickets/tickets.asp.

CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR FARMER'S AND FISHERMAN’S MARKET ongoing, 10 am2 pm. More than 35 farmers sell locally grown fresh-picked fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers. 3350 S. Harbor Blvd., Channel Islands Harbor. 643-6458.

MUSEUMS WEBELOS TRAIL MAINTENANCE 8:30 am-2 pm. Open to all youth. We provide the tools and training. If the event cancels due to rain, it will be rescheduled for June 7, National Trails Day. Meets at the Wheeler Gorge Visitor center, 17017 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai. Free. NATURE WALK 10 am. Julie Tumamait, Ojai Chumash Elder, will be your guide to discovering the plants used by the Chumash for food, medicine, ceremonies and games on the Wheeler Gorge Nature Trail. Meets at the Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center, 17017 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai. Donations: adults $3, youth 5-18 $2, younger than 4 free. OLIVAS ADOBE HISTORICAL PARK ongoing, 11 am-4 pm. The two-story adobe hacienda on the park grounds, built in 1847, features furnishings from the early California rancho period. 4200 Olivas Park Dr., Ventura. 658-4728.

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

GROUPS & CLUBS ARTHRITIS SUPPORT ongoing, 2-4 pm. The Arthritis Foundation presents its Arthritis Support and Education Group at Dr. Steve Jensen’s office, at 2109 Pickwick Dr. in Camarillo. 563-4685. info.sca.sbb@arthritis.org. MEDITATE FOR CALM AWARENESS ongoing, 1-2:15 pm. Guided by Sarah Kalvin. Spa by Diane Loring Inc., Historic Love House, 119 S. Figueroa St., Ventura. www.calmawareness.com. (818) 421-9068. LAUGHTER CLUB ongoing, 7:30-8:15 am. Learn to laugh for no reason and receive the physiological and psychological benefits of laughter. Free. Camarillo Yoga Center, 5800 Santa Rosa Road, Ste. 127, Camarillo. 484-8810.

CLASSES SUMMER MEDITERRANEAN MENU noon. Hands-on cooking class preparing a meal with food from Morocco, Turkey and southern France. We’ll enjoy the results with wine. Call to reserve a space. $40. Ojai Culinary Studio, 315 N. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-1124.

GROUPS & CLUBS JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY 2-4 pm. The JGSCV will hold a general meeting, co–sponsored with Temple Adat Elohim. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks. publicity@JGSCV.org. www.JGSCV.org. RESTORATION WORK DAY Birding 8 am, work 9 am-noon. Hedrick Ranch Nature Area Restoration Program. Migrant birds are arriving; we recently saw Bell's Vireos. Wear sturdy work shoes and gardening gloves. 340-0478.

Monday, May 5 SPECIAL EVENTS GOLF BENEFIT The Camarillo Noontime Optimist club will be hosting it's ninth annual Youth Benefit Golf Tournament at Las Posas Country Club. The event, besides 18 holes of golf, includes, lunch, dinner, raffle prizes, putting contest and a fleece jacket for all participants. $150. 482-1218. CLU E-WASTE CAMPAIGN 10 am-2 pm Monday and Tuesday, 10 am-4 pm Wednesday. California Lutheran University students are creating an electronic waste awareness campaign for campus and community members. Locals can bring televisions, iPods, cellphones, toasters or any other e-waste products. Memorial Parkway. 4432323. kwillsie@clunet.edu.

YOGA AT BOULDERDASH ongoing, 7:30-9 pm. Instructor Jennifer Mackie. $10. 557-1300.

GROUPS & CLUBS SIERRA GROUP MORNING WALKS ongoing, 8:30 am. Three to five-mile walk conducted at various sites in Ventura-Ojai area. 643-0270. CAMARILLO NOONTIME OPTIMIST CLUB ongoing, noon. A person from the County Clerk Office will share about the Grand Jury System. Round Table Pizza, Arneill Rd. 300-5656. GOOD GRIEF GROUP ongoing, 10:30 am. Group open to all people in need of spiritual uplifting. 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. 482-4312. DEPRESSION SUPPORT ongoing, 6:15-7:30 pm. Come heal the emotional pain, meet others who share your concerns, identify root causes and discover how to move ahead. Free initial assessment required prior to attendance. 204-7315 SENIORS SUPPORT GROUP ongoing, 3-4:15 pm. Group for depression, life transitions, anxiety, loneliness, caregivers issues. Free initial assessment required prior to attendance. 204-7315.

Tuesday, May 6 SPECIAL EVENTS DINE OUT TO SUPPORT AIDS WALK 4-10 pm. Capriccio Oxnard is partnering with AIDS Project Ventura County to help kick off the greatest Walk for Life yet! Twenty percent of your dining proceeds directly benefit Walk for Life. 221 W. 5th St., Oxnard. CLU E-WASTE CAMPAIGN See Monday.

CLASSES CAPOEIRA BATUQUE See Thursday. VENTURA SUNRISE TOASTMASTERS ongoing, 6:30 am. Helping people develop speaking, presentation and meeting management skills. Carrow's Cafe and Bakery, 2401 Harbor Blvd, Ventura. 509-4736. NEI GUNG ongoing, 9:30-11 am. Taught by Scott Nordeng. Ventura County Church of Religious Science, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. 953-4458. BUILDING BETTER BALANCE ongoing, 9:3010:30 am. Join instructor Ryan Campbell and work on improving posture and balance. Free. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261. STRENGTH TRAINING ongoing, 10-11 am. Join instructor Ryan Campbell and workout to build better bones, balance and strength. Free. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261. VENTURA HEALING ROOMS See Thursday. OXNARD WEST COAST JUI-JITSU ongoing, 89 pm; also Thursdays. 2945 Los Olivos, Oxnard.

GROUPS & CLUBS WOMEN’S SUPPORT GROUP ongoing, 2-3:30 pm. This group is designed to help women gain insight, learn coping strategies and gain support from other women. Free initial assessment required prior to attendance. 204-7315. CHANNEL ISLANDS CLIPPERS ongoing, 7-9:30 pm. The group is looking for men who like to sing to join their Barbershop Chorus. Wilson Park Center, 350 N. C St., Oxnard. 650-9940.

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

HEALTH MOOD DISORDER SUPPORT GROUP ongoing, 6:30-8 pm. Bible Fellowship Church, 6950 Ralston St., Room 301, Ventura. www.DSBAAlliance.org. 201-0659.

STEPPING OUT COUNTRY LOVERS WESTERN DANCE CLUB ongoing, 6:30-9 pm. All ages welcome. $3, firsttime visitors free, free to kids younger than 13, $5 taco dinner. Family Center, 10269 Telephone Rd., Ventura. www.countrylovers.com. 647-1893.

Wednesday, May 7 SPECIAL EVENTS CLU E-WASTE CAMPAIGN See Monday.

MARKETS & SHOWS CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET- DOWNTOWN VENTURA ongoing, 9 am-1 pm. Pacific View Mall, west parking lot on Main St., Ventura. 5296266.

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SHAMANS EXPERT 10 am. An international religious expert will discuss Zulu shamans in South Africa and North America. David Chidester will speak on “Global Dreamscapes: Religion and Dreaming in a Changing World.” Samuelson Chapel, CLU. 493-3236.

AUDUBON SOCIETY 8:30 am. Rancho Sierra Vista-Satwiwa. Rancho Sierra Vista, with Boney Mountain looming above, offers grass-covered hills, riparian areas and canyons for birding opportunities. We should see raptors, birds of the canyon and grasslands, and possibly warblers. It can be hot so bring a hat and water. 650-3382. STOP SMOKING CLASS 5:30-6:30. New Free Stop Smoking classes are beginning. Classes are eight weeks and Free Nicotine Replacement

CLASSES TRIBAL BELLYDANCE ongoing, 7-8:15 pm. $40 for four classes. 2434 E. Main St., Ventura. www.neareastdance.com. 640-5781.

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The Ventura Hillsides Conservancy will employ bikes to help teach about the importance of preserving open space while taking a close-up look at sometimes overlooked parts of West Ventura during its “Hills on Wheels” event May 4. Bicyclists will gather at the Patagonia outdoor clothing manufacturer headquarters at before taking off on a 12-mile round-trip ride along the Ventura River Trail to Foster Park and back, with five educational breaks. “We’re going to have stops where we have biologists, historians and different experts along the way where people can stop and learn about different points along the river trail,” Conservancy Education Outreach Coordinator Mindy Lawrence said. Destination No. 1 is the end of the trail where the river meets the ocean. “The first stop will be at the estuary of the Ventura River to look at the wildlife there and into the ocean to see how it changes over the year and how the outlet is created,” Lawrence said. Another stop will highlight public art lining the trail which is built partly on an old railroad right-of-way. “We’re going to stop at one of the art pieces that is along the river trail

called Orange Trace, and someone is going to be talking about that particular art piece and how it relates to the orange growing that used to be in that area, and how they were shipped out along the railroad track,” Lawrence said Other stops will interpret the history of oil drilling in Ventura, bird migration through the area, and fish species like endangered steelhead trout that call the river home. “Then at Foster Park we’ll have another biologist talking about our water supply, the history of the park, and wildlife found along the river there,” Lawrence said. People interested in joining the ride should meet at 2 p.m. at Patagonia’s upper parking lot at the corner of W. Main and Olive streets. They should bring their own bikes or rent one from the nearby Bike Depot (239 W. Main Street). Refreshments will be provided once they reach Foster Park. There’s more information about the event and the conservancy’s other efforts to preserve Ventura’s hillsides on their Web site at www.venturahillsides.org. “I think they’ll learn a lot about what a great resource our river is. People don’t really realize it because they don’t see it, and they’ll learn a lot about Ventura,” said Lawrence. “That’s one of the main goals of the conservancy, to get people back outside.”

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Earth Day was celebrated by Ventura County Supervisors with the creation of a new “Countywide Climate Change Action Awards Program” that will honor businesses, schools and organizations making strides to reduce global warming. The idea is championed by Supervisor Steve Bennett. “We have the potential here at the county level to try to reinforce and motivate others outside by publicizing other things that companies and organizations are doing,” Bennett said. “The idea is that we’d spend the next year creating the awards program and announcing these award winners at Earth Day next year.” He says they’ll be looking for a wide variety of projects aimed at helping the environment. “It’s technology neutral, in other words any combination of solar, energy efficiency, green building, waste reduction, trip reduction, etcetera,” Bennett said. The vote to create the new awards program was unanimous. Bennett plans on releasing details about the new contest during June. ✦

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use, Leo. Luckily, it won't be nearly as hard to tap into as Titan's riches will be for the oil companies. It'll also be much better for the environment.

ble opportunity or temptation, Sagittarius. I'm not sure what the morally correct action will be. But I do urge you to try to put your long-term interests above your short-term interests.

VIRGO

CAPRICORN

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

"Whatcha gonna do with your freedom?" asks Lakshmi Devi on "Freedom," a song from her CD Raise a Holy Fire. Here's what she says she'll do with hers: "I choose to lose control in the presence of staggering beauty/ I choose to be stripped of what is unreal." In my view, that's an epically brazen way to use one's freedom -right up there, in terms of radical moral zeal, with choosing to ease the suffering of everyone you encounter. With these examples to inspire you, Virgo, take some time to make an aggressive new formulation about how you'll use your growing freedom. LIBRA

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

"Partner needed for mission from God," read the classified ad I spied online. "I'm driving across the country in a banana-yellow 1979 Cadillac Seville with a Lionel Richie photo dangling from the rearview mirror and the thousand-page manuscript of my autobiography piled in the trunk. The mission is driving to Mexico to find my biological father, a rancher. Swimming pools will be peed in, convenience stores trashed, and large sunglasses worn. If you accompany me, I'll pay you $1,000." In calling this to your attention, Libra, I'm not necessarily suggesting you take the guy up on his offer. However, I do hope you'll be alert for comparable proposals that would reward you for helping interesting characters carry out edgy, inspirational quests. SCORPIO

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

Ifyou hurt another person, you hurt yourself. The act of inflicting injury distorts you, making it more difficult for you to be in alignment with your highest potential. The converse is also true. When you hurt yourself, you inevitably hurt others. The damage you cause to yourself diminishes your ability to give your best gifts. Keep this mind, Scorpio, as you celebrate Do No Harm Week. Be scrupulous in your intention to practice nonviolence in every way you can imagine.

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There's oil on Saturn's moon Titan! NASA reports that its spacecraft Cassini found vast lakes of liquid hydrocarbons. There's enough, from what I can tell, to supply 40 generations of humans with enough fuel to go joyriding in 5mpg SUVs for 1,000 years. In response to the revelation, militant patriots are already calling for the U.S. to invade and occupy Titan. In related news, I predict that a novel energy source PROOF will soon(APPROVED) become available for your personal

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AQUARIUS

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How do I come up with your forecasts? First I meditate on the chart of the current astrological configurations. Then I say this prayer to the higher powers: "Please help me tune in to the message that is most important for Aquarians to hear." After that I close my eyes and release my creative mind into the tidal swells of the collective unconscious, suggesting that it find an image or phrase or story that captures the essence of the next step you need to take. Right now, for instance, I'm getting a vision of you not relying on me, but rather exercising the initiative to hunt down the question that's most important for you to ask right now. PISCES

(Feb. 19-March 20):

Rumor has it that you are overflowing with so many fresh, hot ideas that you can't use them fast enough. So why not give some away? Like for instance donate a few to me. I'll be glad to take them off your hands and find a decent home for them. If I use your brilliant notions to make lots of money, I may even give you a kickback. So don't let your surplus of brainstorms bog you down, Pisces. Send your excess to me at uaregod@comcast.net. (P.S. In case you can't tell, I'm joking. In fact, I'd love it if you kept all your smart ideas for yourself, and worked expeditiously to turn every one of them into some practical improvement in your life.) Homework: What part of the past are you still enslaved to? What can you do to free yourself? Testify at FreeWillAstrology.com.

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Farmers in Morocco can earn 40 times more money by growing marijuana instead of avocados or tomatoes. Meanwhile, my friend René brings in 10 times the salary she used to make as a secretary by working as a stripper at a nightclub. That means she can devote less time to earning a living and has more time to do what she loves, which is playing music. I expect that you've received or will soon receive a compara-

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

When the first George Bush ran for U.S. president in 1988, he worried that he and his wife Barbara appeared less affectionate in public than their opponents, Michael and Kitty Dukakis. "Sweetsie," he wrote to her, "Look at how Mike and Kitty do it. Try to be closer in, more romantic on camera. I am practicing the loving look, and the creeping hand. Yours for better TV and more demonstrable affection. Your sweetie-pie-coocoo." Though my moral principles make it tough to ask you to imitate any president named Bush, it's my astrological duty to do that, at least in this one matter. Your Love Quotient has got to go way, way up. So please: Practice the loving look and the creeping hand. And find an excuse to call someone "sweetie-pie-coo-coo." [Source: My Dear President: Letters Between Presidents and Their Wives.]

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

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an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Arnold G. Scherpenborg Jr., Arnold G. Scherpenborg Jr. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on April 7, 2008. NOTICE - THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business & Professions Code). PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/17/08, 4/24/08, 5/1/08 and 5/8/08.

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

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

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080408-10005148-0 The following persons are doing business as: 1) NEFTIN WESTLAKE MAZDA, 2) NEFTIN WESTLAKE CAR CO., 3) NEFTIN MAZDA, Articles of Incorporation or Organization Number filed with the California Secretary of State: 0747882,

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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 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 fed-

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eral, 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

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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

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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, Karen-Lee 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

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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.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080421-10005818-0 The following person is doing business as: PORT POSTAL, 417 E. Hueneme Rd., Port Hueneme, CA 93041, Ventura County, Lonnie W. Cavenee, 364 Ponoma St., Port Hueneme, CA 93041. 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/ Lonnie W. Cavenee, Lonnie W. Cavenee. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on April 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 Re-

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080428-10006059-0 The following person is doing business as: NEIL’S MACHINING, 2850 Sherwin Ave., Suite B, Ventura, CA 93003, Ventura County, Neil Cummings, 9996 Big Horn 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: 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/ Neil Cummings, Neil Cummings. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on April 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; 5/1/08, 5/8/08, 5/15/08 and 5/22/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080428-10006124-0 The following person is doing business as: 1) CREATIVE CONCEPT DESIGN, 2) AWESOME INTERIORS, 30 Encinal Place, Ventura, CA 93001, Ventura County, Christine O’Brien Simms, 30 Encinal Place, 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/ Christine O’Brien Simms, Christine O’Brien Simms. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on April 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; 5/1/08, 5/8/08, 5/15/08 and 5/22/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080423-10005934-0 The following person is doing business as: 1) BUENA VENTURA MOTORCYCLE TRAINING, 2) BVMT, 632 Opal Ave., Ventura, CA 93004, Ventura County, Anne Manuela Klees, 632 Opal Ave., 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: 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/ Anne Klees, Anne Klees. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on April 23, 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; 5/1/08, 5/8/08, 5/15/08 and 5/22/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080415-10005557-0 The following person is doing business as: PELHAM PRINTS, 90 E. McFarlane, Ventura, CA 93001, Ventura County, Larry Wayne Pelham, 90 E. McFarlane, 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/ Larry Pelham, Larry Pelham. 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

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federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business & Professions Code). PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 5/1/08, 5/8/08, 5/15/08 and 5/22/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080424-10005979-0 The following person is doing business as: ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS REPAIR, 755 Buena Vista Street, Ventura, CA 93001, Ventura County, Gary Lee Hensley, 287 West Vince Street, 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: Sept. 1987. 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/ Gary Lee Hensley, Gary Lee Hensley. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on April 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; 5/1/08, 5/8/08, 5/15/08 and 5/22/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080421-10005812-0 The following person is doing business as: VC RED DEVILS, 595 Jordan Ave., Ventura, CA 93001, Ventura County, Benjamin John Marquin, 595 Jordan Ave., 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/ Benjamin John Marquin, Benjamin John Marquin. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on April 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; 5/1/08, 5/8/08, 5/15/08 and 5/22/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080418-10005774-0 The following persons are doing business as: GREEN BUILDINGS, INC, Articles of Incorporation or Organization Number filed with the California Secretary of State: C2742545, State of incorporation: CA., 297 Lynnbrook Ave., Ventura, CA 93003, Ventura County, Gregory Barrow, 297 Lynnbrook Ave., 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: 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/ AMG & Associates, Inc., G. Barrow, Gregory Barrow, Vice President. 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; 5/1/08, 5/8/08, 5/15/08 and 5/22/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080428-10006118-0 The following persons are doing business as: HAH TRANSPORTATION, Articles of Incorporation or Organization Number filed with the California Secretary of State: 2992993, State of incorporation: CA., 857 South B Street, Oxnard, CA 93030, Ventura County, HNBC, Inc, 857 South B Street, Oxnard, CA 93030. This business is conducted by: a corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: 11/15/2007. 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/ HNBC, Inc., H. Hasan, H. Hasan, President. This statement was filed with the

County Clerk of Ventura County on April 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; 5/1/08, 5/8/08, 5/15/08 and 5/22/08.

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: 4-152004. 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 COUNTY OF VENTURA NOTICE INVITING BIDS Sealed bids will be received by the undersigned in the bid box at the Department Of Airports, Administration Office - Public Counter, 2nd floor lobby, Camarillo Airport, until 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday the 3rd day of June, 2008, for Oxnard Airport WEST SIDE DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS, Specification No. DOA 08-05, which consists of A) 880LF extension of an existing 16’ x 7’ Reinforced Concrete Box (RCB) culvert northward along Victoria Avenue including a 30 LF 60” RCP drain line stub-out with inlet transition structure to connect to the north side earth channel, 1 each Curb Opening Catch Basin, 1 each Manhole, Entrance Driveway improvements and appurtenant work as the Base Bid; B) the 1,053 LF extension of 60” RCP drain line from the existing 60” RCP stub-out at the 16’ x 7’ RCB eastward along the south airport property line with a junction structure connecting to 2 each existing 42” RCP’s, 3 each Manholes, 4 each Grating Catch Basins and appurtenant work as Bid Alternate No. 1; and C) re-grading of 3,892 LF of an existing earth channel eastward along the north airport property line and appurtenant work as Bid Alternate No. 2. The estimated cost of construction for the Base Bid is $1,768,001. Bids will be publicly opened after said time. The plans, specifications and proposal forms for this project are filed in the office of the undersigned and are by reference made a part of this Notice. Said documents may be obtained at the location indicated above for $6.00 including tax, which is not refundable. (Add $9.00 for shipping). For general information concerning bidding documents, call (805) 388-4273. For technical questions concerning the bidding documents FAX questions to Don Occhiline @ (805) 388-4366 or call (805) 388-4205. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE UNDERSIGNED. APWA-AGC Standard Specifications for Public Works Construction, 2006 Edition and the 2007 and 2008 Supplement, referred to by said documents, are available for $75.00 including tax. (Add $10.00 for mailing). Make checks payable to the County of Ventura. This project is funded at 95% by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under an Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant, AIP No. 3-06-0179-27, and is subject to the following requirements: • The proposed contract is under and subject to Executive Order 11246, as amended, of September 24, 1965, and to the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Federal Labor Provisions. All labor on the Project shall be paid no less than the higher of either the State prevailing rates of wages established by the Director of the State of California, Department of Industrial Relations, or the Federal prevailing rates of wages established by the U.S. Secretary of Labor. • The EEO requirements, labor provisions, and Federal prevailing rates of wages are included in the Bid Documents and Specifications and are available for inspection at the County of Ventura - Department of Airports. A copy of the State determination of prevailing rates of wages in Ventura County is on file with the Clerk of the Board. Each Bidder must complete, sign, and furnish with their bid the following

FAA required documents: 1. Assurance of Compliance - Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Participation 2. Certification of Nonsegregated Facilities 3. Bidder’s Statement - Previous Contracts Subject to EEO Clause 4. Suspension and Debarment Requirements for all Contracts over $25,000 5. Certification of Affirmative Action Program 6. Certification Regarding Foreign Trade Restrictions 7. Buy America Certificate • To be eligible for award, each bidder must comply with the affirmative action requirements which are contained in the Specifications. A contractor having 50 or more employees and his subcontractors having 50 or more employees and who may be awarded a contract of $50,000 or more will be required to maintain an affirmative action program, the standards for which are contained in the Specifications. • Disadvantaged business enterprises (DBE’s) as defined in 49 CFR Part 23 shall have the maximum opportunity to participate in the performance of contracts financed in whole or in part with Federal funds under this agreement. Consequently, the DBE requirements of 49 CFR Part 23 apply to this agreement. Women will be afforded equal opportunity in all areas of employment. However, the employment of women shall not diminish the standards of requirements for the employment of minorities. An ‘Advisory’ DBE goal for this project has been set at 3.0%. • All solicitations, contracts, and subcontracts resulting from projects funded under this contract are subject to the foreign trade restrictions required by 49 CFR Part 30, Denial of Public Works Contracts to Suppliers of Goods and Services of Countries that Deny Procurement Market Access to U.S. Contractors. The Aviation Safety and Capacity Expansion Act of 1990 provides that preference be given to steel and manufactured products produced in the United States when funds are expended pursuant to a grant issued under the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Bids must be submitted on the proposal form furnished with said documents. Each bid must be accompanied by a bid guarantee in the amount of not less than 10% of the amount bid, PAYABLE TO THE 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 to him. 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 shall have a Class - A California Contractors license, at the time of award. The bidder to whom award is made 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. The determinations of prevailing rates of wages made by the State of California for Ventura County are available on the Internet @ http://www. access.gpo.gov/davisbacon/allstates.htm l. (i.e. Once on the web site, select “California” then select “Ventura County”). The determinations of prevailing rates of wages made by the Federal Government are available on the Internet @ http://access.gpo.gov/davisbacon. Wages paid for labor performed on this project shall be the higher of the two determinations. Bidders who do not have access to the Internet may obtain a copy of the State Prevailing Rates of Wages by contacting the Department of Airports at (805) 3884205. The Contractor must post copies of the prevailing wage schedule at each job site. Dated this 2nd day of May, 2008. Todd L. McNamee, A.A.E. Director of Airports. Department of Airports. 555 Airport Way, Camarillo, CA 93010. PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 5/1/08 and 5/8/08.

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE Date of Filing Application: April 22, 2008. To Whom It May Concern: The Name(s) of the Applicant(s) is/are: FORZARESTAURANTS LLC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 294 E MAIN ST. STE C, VENTURA, CA 93001-5670. Type of license(s) applied for: 47-ON-SALE GENERAL EATING PLACE Published: Ventura County Reporter; 5/1/08.

NOTICE OF LIEN SALE Notice is hereby given pursuant to Chapter 10, Section 21700 of Civil Code of the State of California of the Business & Pro-

fessions Code, Section 2328 of the UCC, Section 535 of The Penal Code and provisions of the Civil Code. The undersigned, MARINA SELF STORAGE, 2600 W. Wooley Road, Oxnard, Ventura County, California, will sell to the highest bidder at the above address at 9:45 a.m., on May 16, 2008. The following abandoned miscellaneous goods or personal property described below. Unit number, tenant name, description: A062 - PAUL R. ROMERO III: Couch, TV, entertainment center, Misc. B062 - AUGUSTIN ESPINOZA JR.: Ice chest, bike, Misc. B239 - JOHNALAN K. LINHORST: Bags, boxes, misc. G088 - TRACY R. ESPINOZA: Boxes, bags, containers. Landlord reserves the right to bid at sale. Purchased goods are sold as is where is and must be removed at time of sale. Sale is subject to prior cancellation in the event of a settlement between landlord and obligated party. Auctioneer: James O’Brien Auctions, State License Bond #15852 5941, (951) 681-4113. PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 5/1/08 and 5/8/08. NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 0804062 Title Order No. 08-8-026606 Inves-tor/Insurer No. APN No. 189-0410-125 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 07/19/2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER.” Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by JULIO C DORADO, A MARRIED MAN AS HIS SOLE & SEPARATE PROPERTY, dated 07/19/2005 and recorded 07/29/ 05, as Instrument No. 200507290185737, in Book , Page ), of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Ventura County, State of California, will sell on 05/22/2008 at 11:00AM, At the main entrance to County Government Center Hall of Justice, 800 South Victoria Ave., Ventura at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2722 JILL PLACE, PORT HUENEME, CA, 930411619. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $395,411.04. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier’s checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ‘’AS IS’’ condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. DATED: 04/26/2008 RECONTRUST COMPANY 1757 TAPO CANYON ROAD, SVW-88 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 By: Trustee’s Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. FEI#1006.187535/01,5/08, 5/15/2008. NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 0804685 Title Order No. 08-8-028959 Inves-tor/Insurer No. APN No. 189-0271-265 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 12/29/2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER.” Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by LUIS ALBERTO ALATORRE, AND ALMA ROSA ALATORRE, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS, dated 12/29/2005 and recorded 01/06/06, as Instrument No. 20060106-0003558, in Book , Page ), of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Ventura County, State of California, will sell on 05/22/2008 at 11:00AM, At the main entrance to County Government Center Hall of Justice, 800 South Victoria Ave., Ventura at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full


at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2617 NORTH ANCHOR AVENUE, PORT HUENEME, CA, 93041. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designa-tion, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $291,933.09. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier’s checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ‘’AS IS’’ condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. DATED: 04/26/2008 RECONTRUST COMPANY 1757 TAPO CANYON ROAD, SVW-88 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Informa-tion (626) 927-4399 By: Trustee’s Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. FEI#1006.18754 5/01,5/08,5/15/2008.

SUMMONS (CITACION JUDICIAL) CASE NUMBER: (NUMERO DEL CASO) 56-2007-00308846-CLPA-SIM NOTICE TO DEFENDANT (AVISO AL DEMANDADO): Reve Duarte, and Does 1 Through 10, Inclusive. YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF (LO ESTA DEMANDANDO EL DEMANDANTE): Interinsurance Exchange of the Automobile Club, An Interinsurance Exchange. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifor nia.org), the California Courts Online SelfHelp Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/self help), 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 formu-

larios 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/es panol/) 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 Ser-

vices Agency will recommend termination of parental rights. The child may be ordered placed in long term foster care, subject to the regular review of the Juvenile Court; or, a legal guardian may be appointed for the child and letters of guardianship be issued; or, adoption may be identified as the permanent placement goal and the Court may order that efforts be made to locate an appropriate adoptive family for the child for a period not to exceed 180 days and set the matter for further review; or, parental rights may be terminated. You are entitled to be present at the hearing with your attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, you are entitled to have the Court appoint counsel for you. A thirty-day continuance may be granted if necessary for counsel to prepare the case. At all termination proceedings, the Court shall consider the wishes of the child and shall act in the best interest of the child. Any order of the Court permanently terminating parental rights under this section shall be conclusive and binding upon the minor person, upon the parent or parents, and upon all other persons who have been served with citation by publication or otherwise. After making such an order, the Court shall have no power to set aside, change, or modify it, but this shall not be construed to limit the rights to appeal the order. If the Court, by order or judgment, declares the child free from the custody and control of both parents, or one parent if the other no longer has custody and control, the Court shall, at the same time, order the child referred to the licensed County adoption agency for adoptive placement by that agency. The rights and procedures described above are set forth in detail in the California Welfare and Institutions Code Section 366.26. You are referred to that section for further particulars. Michael J. Planet, Executive Officer and Clerk, County of Ventura, State of California. Dated: 04/03/2008 by: Gladys Gonzalez Deputy Clerk, Children and Family Services Social Worker. 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1/08. CNS-1315880#

VENTURA COUNTY 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. Pe-

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tition 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.

VENTURA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NO. 56-2008-00317351CU-PT-VTA This statement was filed April 23, 2008, with the Ventura County Superior Court: at Superior Court of California, County of Ventura, 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA 93009, Ventura Division. Petition of: EUGENE MARCEL CARRIERE FOR CHANGE OF NAME. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: EUGENE MARCEL CARRIERE filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: EUGENE MARCEL CARRIERE to EUGENIO MARCEL CASTRO. 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 16, 2008. Time: 8:30 AM. Dept.: 41. 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:. /s/ Michael D. Planet, Judge of the Superior Court, Executive Officer and Clerk, By: A. Grewal, Deputy Clerk. PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 5/1/08, 5/8/08, 5/15/08 and 5/22/08.

VENTURA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT SECOND AMENDED ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NO. CIV 244969 This statement was filed April 28, 2008, with the Ventura County Superior Court: at Superior Court of California, County of Ventura, Hall of Justice, Room 210, 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA 93009. Petition of: JOHN MERRITT FOR CHANGE OF NAME. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: JOHN MERRITT filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: JOHN EARL MERRITT II to ARIEL MICHELLE ROSE. 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 27, 2008. Time: 8:30 AM. Dept.: 41. The address of the court is Superior Court of California, County of Ventura, Hall of Justice, Room 210, 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:. /s/ Michael D. Planet, Judge of the Superior Court, Executive Officer and Clerk, By: Jessica Brown, Deputy Clerk. PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 5/1/08, 5/8/08, 5/15/08 and 5/22/08.

VCR Summons 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 FL123) 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 BYRONCOOPER. 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.lawhelp california.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.

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF VENTURA SUMMONS CASE NO. 56-2007-00307935CU-PA-VTA NOTICE TO DEFENDANT: JULIO CASTRO; ALEJANDRO NAVARRO LEYVA; MARY KATHLEEN MOLNER; JAMES RONALD MASON, and DOES 1 to 50, inclusive. YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: JANET LYNN DePRIMA. 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 & Associates, 801 S. Victoria Avenue, Suite 203, Ventura, CA 93003, Phone: (805) 650-3100. Dated: November 21, 2007. Signed: Michael D. Planet, Clerk, By Denise M. Soto, Deputy. PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 5/1/08, 5/8/08, 5/15/08 and 5/22/08.

VCR Probate 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.

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