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SEA SAW IT WAS A HUMID MORNING ON THE COAST OF West Java, the kind of weather that makes an eggshell feel slightly buttery to the touch. Outside my losmen, a low-budget hostel held together by hammocks and mosquito netting, villagers were peddling backyard veggies and sacks of rice, chicken parts and coconut milk. And eggs. Smudged, Ping-Pong ball round eggs that bore little resemblance to the disinfected ovals of American supermarkets. Inside, in a claustrophobic kitchen ripe with the smell of it all, a Javanese woman dished up breakfast for her three guests, all foreigners. “Something funny ‘bout these eggs,” an Australian traveler named Peter said softly. “Funny how?” “Look like eggs, cook like eggs, but they taste—I don’t know, kinda musky,” said Peter, digging in for another bite. “Something funny,” he repeated, and grinned wickedly. He motioned to a poster on the wall. It was green in color, with images of baby turtles poking their heads adorably into the world for the first time, and billed the area as an up-and-coming hotspot for ecotourism, a haven for endangered sea turtles. Our hostess poked her own head out of the cracked shell of her kitchen. Her face broke into a delighted smile. “You tell your friends,” she said. “They stay here, see sea turtles.” This was my first trip to Indonesia, and the last time I ate the eggs of an endangered animal. The reason I bring it up is that my experience illustrates a key dilemma facing conservationists like Sarah Otterstrom (cover and page 43), who founded a Ventura-based nonprofit called Paso Pacifico. Her organization focuses on a 700-kilometer strip of

Nicaragua, but the storyline repeats around the world: good people doing what comes naturally, utilizing indigenous resources, unintentionally threatening the existence of a species. On the Pacific Slope of Central America, thousands of pregnant sea turtles swarm a beach en masse, laying some 30,000 eggs in just a couple days. Chaos ensues. Armed soldiers prowl the sand, some of them protecting eggs from hungry villagers, others snatching them up to trade as a sort of protein-rich currency. Then there’s the hot-button issue of deforestation. But this page is too short for details—stats on trees cut, watersheds reforested with natives—or another anecdote. Put simply, Paso Pacifico’s goal is to strike a balance between human and environmental needs. And as a human, I appreciate the nod to humanity. I’m an animal lover, an outdoorsy type. I lean green. But when push comes to shove, I’m on the team seven billion strong. Two of our team members, turtle-cute, a boy and a girl, strip my bank account and keep me up at night and test my fatherly impatience every day. So I bow to the fortitude of Lisa and Rick Pugh (p. 12), who’ve taken in some 40 foster children over the years. Truth is, I can’t imagine a worthier cause. The immediacy of need. The sad helplessness of a child alone. In a pinch, perhaps, most people would open their doors. I like to think we would, at least. But Lisa and Rick, having raised four children of their own, step up year after year, purely out of compassion. Theirs is the work of heroes. I urge you to read our interview closely, and please consider supporting them as they support the next generation of our local team. – Matt Katz mattk@ventanamonthly.com

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SOMETIMES, LIFE LEADS YOU DOWN AN unexpected path for the good of the less fortunate. For Lisa and Rick Pugh, their unexpected path was illuminated in their mid-30s, after their four children had reached driving age. The couple, through Ventura County Foster Parent Association (VCFPA), began taking in foster kids some six years ago, and quickly realized the local foster parenting community was in need of assistance. “These two are angels,” Jeannie Merrifield, a regular volunteer at Rachael’s Closet on East Main Street in Ventura, tells us as we walk through rooms and racks full of children’s clothing. And after sitting down with Lisa and Rich for a chat, it immediately became clear that they truly are doing divine work.

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How did you get involved with VCFPA? Lisa Pugh: The kids. Rich Pugh: It goes beyond that. Lisa led us down the path of becoming a foster parent first. We had four kids of our own, and they were getting older. Both of [Lisa’s] grandmothers took in foster kids. And Lisa’s sister said she was going to become a foster parent, so Lisa decided to do the classes with her so she could help her sister. That was the original discussion. But a month after that, lo and behold, we have a foster baby at our house! And what we quickly realized was, you cannot be a foster parent without support. There are tons of programs out there to support the parents of the kids that come in, but there is very little out there for the foster parents when they are handed the child. How long have you been involved? RP: When you are going through licensing to become a foster parent, you’re usually introduced to VCFPA then. I think it’s been six years. The FPA has three core areas: the association itself, which is the recognized advocacy group for foster care in the county; the mentoring, teaching, and training; and we have Rachael’s Closet, an additional program where we help foster parents get items they need to care for the children. It’s hard enough to raise your own kids. What drew you to foster parenting? LP: We like to be around kids. Once kids turn 15, they generally stop talking to their parents; there are no more little parties and birthdays. We just missed that. RP: Our youngest kid was 16 and we were still in our 30s. We’re 43 now, still young. We had our four kids young and, truthfully, we were still learning who we were and trying to be a parent simultaneously. I guess we’re not done yet. How did your biological kids react to the foster kids? LP: They’ve all been great with it. And they’ve been pretty helpful, for teenagers. RP: We’ve always been fair with our own. They have really responded well, been supportive, never questioned it, and they’ve never felt second or anything like that. When we started doing this, we promised each other we weren’t going to be looking to our kids to be babysitters or care providers. We also were very up front, telling them, “Whomever comes into our home, they all get treated equally.” How did you go from one foster child to nearly 40? LP: We had kids before we became foster parents, from friends who were having a hard time. We took their kids in. RP: When you become a foster parent, you get licensed. Part of that licensing and training is they come out and evaluate the living arrangements in your home to see where kids could stay. So you get 13

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licensed for different ranges. We’re licensed for up to three. LP: Sometimes, you get one kid and then they call and say, “Hey, we found a sibling.” We usually have two babies at once, all the time. RP: We care for a lot of babies. We have two cribs in our room, plus another bedroom that can be set up independently with its own crib and bed… LP: …for teen moms. Can you keep in touch with the kids you foster? LP: Sometimes the families are really receptive. We had one girl for five months and 23 days. We thought, if this kid doesn’t go with anybody, we’re going to adopt her. Well, the girl went with her aunt and she adopted her. The girl is going on four years old now, and we get text updates every week. We’ve watched her grow up; she comes and visits. Some people who want to get their kids back are nice, they’ve just had a hard time. If they’re fine with you and you’re fine with them, you can keep a relationship. What are best/worst case scenarios? RP: Best case scenario is the one Lisa just told you about: you have a child for a short time, you help the family out. You’re not only helping the child, you’re working with the family, through whatever issues they’re having. When the child leaves, you get to maintain that relationship. Like an aunt and uncle, close friends, or grandma and grandpa. Then there’s the opposite end, where you’re not pleased that the child is going back, you just don’t feel comfortable with things. Or the court made a decision you may not agree with—the child leaves and you never see the child again. That’s the way it goes. What was the impetus to create Rachael’s Closet? LP: Spending $500 on a foster kid we only had for two weeks. You’re so excited about a new child, you want them to have everything. But then you may only have them for a very short time, and you only get a $100 stipend. RP: It comes down to economics. We’re expected to provide all general life necessities: food, shelter, clothing, daycare, doctor visits, transportation. A lot of times that stipend doesn’t make it work. So put yourself in the kids’ shoes. You’re eight years old, it’s 5:00 p.m. and there’s a knock on the door. There’s a social worker, sometimes a police officer, telling you, “You need to come with us.” You’re not given an opportunity to pack, and you probably didn’t have anything to bring with you anyway. LP: The biggest thing for us is that we never want these kids to feel second-class. We don’t want a foster parent to take in a child and not be able to get them a new pair of jeans, or be forced to give them used stuff from the kids before them. RP: So Lisa started buying and trying to pull together, even just for our house, a couple days’ worth of each

thing for each gender and each age. We’re licensed for [ages] 0-18, so we don’t know who’s coming. We could get a call tonight saying, “We have twin girls for you.” What are we going to do, go buy all new girl baby clothes? Or do we have to dress them in boy outfits, or anything that fits? And then when they come, you don’t know how long they’re going to be there. That’s how Rachael’s Closet came about. Lisa and some other foster parents pulled it together. The goal is to take some pressure off. And the foster care parent community and FPA put a lot of time and energy into this. I would say probably 75 percent of the funds FPA brings in goes into Rachael’s Closet. When did this program begin, and what’s the story behind its name? LP: About five years ago, a girl named Rachael Maurer was doing a project to help foster kids. She came along and asked, “What do you need?” We really needed money to get things taken care of here after a robbery. She raised about $6,000. A girl in high school. I couldn’t get anybody to help us, but this teenage girl raised $6,000 and a bunch of clothes. How odd is that? We had been trying Walmart and all these places, and nobody would help us. But this teenager really did. She’s in college now and very busy, but still finds time to help us. Her mom, Jenine Maurer, does too. RP: You cannot just go anywhere and get donations; most national chain stores do not donate. Rachael’s Closet relies on community donations and individuals. We have some really good people who have supported us for a long time, and they’ve really kept us going. It’s also about trying to grow, and that means going out and getting more. How has response been from the community? LP: Not as good as we’d hoped. We’ve had a hard time getting places to donate, because everybody thinks foster parents are paid. We’ve had a hard time getting people to donate new items. A lot of people who have kids will donate used items, and that’s been great. Anything else, it’s really hard. People don’t understand the specifics of foster care, so it’s been hard to collect money. What are the best items people can donate to Rachael’s Closet? LP: We always get asked for new car seats. The other thing would be cribs. We take used high chairs and used baby things, too, and just wash them up. Strollers are another thing we never have enough of. And shoes—new shoes. Half the kids don’t come in to care with shoes. We cannot keep enough new shoes here. I think we’ve had maybe two foster children out of all them show up at our home with shoes. RP: New is the biggest thing. New is wonderful. Donations, too. New items allow us a bit more freedom to distribute, and we don’t have to wash it first. Money is good, as well. There are a lot of things that


we need to go buy. We might be in Target see they have a bin of socks on clearance for 50 cents a pack. We will buy 500 pairs because we have that opportunity. It’s not like the money is being handed out. LP: One of the hardest parts is clothing for teens. The teens come in, they don’t like the clothes, and they want to pick out their own. And I don’t blame them. So we try to keep gift cards on hand, even if it’s $10, just to give them something. If you come in and you’re in your pajamas, and you’re 15 or 16, you don’t want to wear someone else’s jeans. A two-year-old doesn’t care, but the teens are pickier. Tell us about the Rachael’s Closet “Care Bags.” RP: Mostly, the kids come in to a new foster home with nothing. LP: With the Care Bags, we try to put whatever necessities a kid needs for at least two to three days. The parents can come in, grab a bag, and also take whatever items they want here. I like to put shampoos in there, cutesy little kid stuff, normal things you would buy your own child. Two outfits, a pair or two of pajamas, underwear if they need it, socks, a few diapers if they need them. You never know what the foster parent might need.

Rachael’s Closet, stocked with a variety of clothing styles and sizes.

Anything else you’d like to share about Rachael’s Closet? RP: Rachael’s Closet is a really important resource. Foster care is one of the least exposed communities because of all the confidentiality. I would love to be able to say, “Well, I had Johnny and here is Johnny’s story.” If I could do that, I’m sure we’d have a different level of understanding—and contributions. But it’s hard, because what we’re saying is, “Trust us, this is what we need. And I need you to understand what I do, but I cannot tell you why I’m doing it.” It’s a struggle for a lot of people when they want to get involved. So, the more we can help people understand what we do, the better they will understand how they can help us. LP: I sleep and breathe Rachael’s Closet. I’m constantly washing clothes. There is not one part of my day that does not involve something for Rachael’s or FPA. Obviously, foster parenting is all about helping the children, but Rachael’s Closet is here to support the parents who have the kids in their home. I don’t know any wealthy people doing foster parenting, just hardworking people who have a love for helping these kids. We are here to support the foster parents, to keep them happy and keep them going, so they can tell other people, “Hey, you can foster. It’s not as hard as you think. There are resources for you.” v RACHAEL’S CLOSET 1141 E. Main St., Ventura 805.285.3790, vcfpa.com/rachaels-closet VENTURA COUNTY FOSTER PARENT ASSOCIATION 1014 S. Westlake Blvd., Suite 14-142, Westlake Village 805.285.3790, vcfpa.com, facebook.com/vcfpa

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ABOVE: The Hogan Family Foundation’s mission to enrich the lives of disadvantaged children began here, at Rancho St. Francis in Hidden Valley. A second ranch, in Camarillo, focuses on the care and rehabilitation of horses.

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Rancho St. Francis, hidden away in a gated community in Camarillo, is 14 acres of equine paradise: rolling hills, shady oak trees, and large open spaces create a fitting landscape for 50 horses. Riding trails, training arenas, and spacious paddocks add to their exceptional comfort and care. “The goal is to be a resort for them,” says ranch foreman Glenn Hogan. And he should know. As the son of Ken and Lynn Hogan, founders of Pleasant Holidays, he spent much of his professional career in the hospitality industry. Now that he’s taken up the reins as a philanthropist (Hogan also serves on the board of the charitable Hogan Family Foundation), he extends that high level of attentiveness to the horses under his care. And they need it. His ranch is a place of restoration and rehabilitation for injured, abused, neglected, and aging horses. Some are thoroughbreds abandoned after they’ve been hurt or passed their prime, some come from hoarding situations, and some have unknown but clearly distressing histories that have left them physically and mentally traumatized. But a combination of high-quality veterinary care, customized diets, appropriate exercise, and attendance by compassionate and experienced trainers, ranch hands, and volunteers has worked wonders on Rancho St. Francis residents. Many have gone on to be adopted by loving and responsible owners, while others have remained in the “family” as equine therapy horses. The Camarillo property was established in 2007 as an extension of the larger Hidden Valley-based Rancho St. Francis, which Ken Hogan founded in 2005 to teach low-income children horsemanship. “He believes that the compassion and care of animals will develop great character and kindness,” Glenn explains. Over time, their programs grew to include equine therapy, hippotherapy (a form of occupational therapy which uses the gait of the horse for neuromuskuloskeletal improvement), and adaptive riding for individuals with disabilities. Horses from the Camarillo site were originally trained for use in Hidden Valley, but eventually they started running their own therapy programs. The benefits of equine therapy for people with Down syndrome, autism, and developmental disabilities have been well documented, but Rancho St. Francis explores the effects of the horse on the mind as well. Women recovering from homelessness, mental illness, and domestic violence benefit from the safe space created at Rancho St. Francis, while the Homefront program was developed for military families. “Our goal now is with the veterans coming back, helping them deal with PTSD, and re-integrating the families,” Hogan says. “The horses become a common activity that they can connect around.” So what is it about horses that proves so thera-

peutic for many people? Hogan thinks it’s their ability to reflect what’s going on inside the humans interacting with them: “They feel and reflect our emotions. And because a horse is so large, it’s a bigger feedback or mirror on how you’re conducting yourself.” “They speak to us without saying a word—that’s what’s so special about them,” says Adri Howe, president of the board of California Coastal Horse Rescue. The nonprofit, founded in 2000, currently plays host to 17 horses (including two minis) on an oak scrubland in the Ojai Valley, providing a sanctuary for “rescue, rehabilitation, and refuge.” Some of the horses that arrive on the 9.25-acre ranch are, like those at Rancho St. Francis, retired or abandoned racehorses, or escaping abuse situations. “But the economy plays a large part as well,” Howe says, explaining that sometimes owners simply can’t afford to care for these large, beautiful but expensive animals. “A lot of people don’t realize the work involved or the lifespan. There’s such a need for homes for elderly horses.” CCHR is run by some 35 volunteers, who pitch in with mucking, tending the grounds, grooming, feeding, and other ranch work. The concierge-level of care includes the usual: vet and farrier visits, specialized nutrition (senior horses require their own diet), appropriate exercise, and pasture time. But they’ve also introduced Reiki sessions (administered by Lea Alexander of Animal Heart Strings), which Howe says have dramatically helped soothe and heal many of CCHR’s most highly stressed animals. “To see an animal that has had trust completely shattered start to reconnect—it’s just an incredible thing.” The goal for many horses, beyond healing, is to rehabilitate them for adoption and possibly even equine therapy, so socializing the horses is key. “We’re trying to increase their ability to interact,” Howe explains. To that end, CCHR offers the Pony Tales Reading Club, where children come to the ranch and read out loud to horses. But it’s the unrelenting patience and dedication of CCHR volunteers that truly helps these rescue horses overcome their less-than-perfect pasts. Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship deals in nearly every form of equine therapy and is a big employer of rehabilitated horses. With such a diverse menu of services, different types and sizes of horses are always needed. Prospects are evaluated for temperament and soundness, and spend around 30 days being trained in various elements of the program at the 13-acre site in Newbury Park (there’s a smaller site in Chatsworth as well). According to Sara Jones, the group’s development director, one of the things that makes horses so well suited to therapy situations is that “they’re NOVEMBER 2014

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just so honest. If you’re doing something the horse doesn’t want to do, it will tell you very quickly and unequivocally.” People with ADD/ADHD, autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, multiple sclerosis, and even traumatic brain injuries can get valuable sensory input from riding. Equine psychotherapy is helpful in the treatment of addiction and also forms part of Ride On’s veterans program. As Jones says, “Horses help people bring out feelings and emotions they normally wouldn’t express.” As these organizations show, the human-horse relationship is deep and nuanced, and there are many benefits (for both species) to exploring them. In Ventura County, we’re lucky to have the kind of spaces that allow that depth of camaraderie to flourish. v

ABOVE: Physical therapist Ruth Stern and Ride On volunteers assist Ben Hedge, sitting atop Sadie, during a Therapy Services treatment session. TOP: Tiffany Lavorato, Alysen Tarnutzer, and Michele Mika trot along the trails of the Conejo Valley during an Adaptive Riding lesson.

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Every 3 Hours a Child is Admitted into one of Casa Pacifica’s Programs.

Casa Pacifica provides a wide range of services to abused, neglected, and at-risk children and youth including emergency shelter, residential treatment, a specialized health clinic, and in-home behavioral services, among others, as well as an array of services to transitional and emancipated foster youth to help them navigate independent living. We are also the mobile crisis response team for children and adolescents in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

24 hr CRISIS HOTLINES: Ventura (866) 431-2478 • Santa Barbara (888) 334-2777 We will serve over 5,000 of our region’s most challenging children and youth this year.

Make a difference in the life of a child today – donate, volunteer, or become a mentor.

Keep In Touch:

1722 S. Lewis Road • Camarillo, CA 93012 (805) 445-7800 info@casapacifica.org • www.casapacifica.org Casa Pacifica is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization incorporated in 1988. Tax ID #77-0195022


STRENGTHENING

COMMUNITY IS OUR CAUSE!

Voted #1 Gym in Ventura County At the Ventura Family YMCA, we believe we have something special-a sense of community-and that everyone should have access to it, regardless of their ability to pay. We are proud to share the Y with more than 1,300 children, seniors and families who otherwise might not have had the opportunity to become part of our Y family. Last year, we were able to provide more than $300,000 in scholarships to those in need enabling them to enjoy the programs and services that help us all learn, grow and thrive. Â

The Ventura Family YMCA 3760 Telegraph Rd. Ventura, CA 93003 805.642.2131 VEN.Info@ciymca.org www.ciymca.org/ventura November 2014

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The festival presents a wide musical range with such great artists as the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Judy Collins, Branford Marsalis, Diane Schuur, Chris Brubeck, Count Basie Orchestra, Mark O’Connor and Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band. Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, percussionist Poncho Sanchez, pianist Eddie Palmieri and saxophonist Pacquito D’Rivera have headlined the festival’s Latin-jazz concerts in February.

Membership & Giving Options It takes a huge commitment of time and money to bring these world class musicians to our community, and it is only through the support of our donors and volunteers that it happens. With ticket sales accounting for only a portion of the Festival’s operating revenue, the balance of needed funds is secured through charitable donations. You can help sustain and grow the Festival by choosing to become a member, founder or sponsor. In return, we will thank you with special member benefits– the best of which is knowing you play an indispensible role in ensuring our future.

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Latin EvEnt - February 14, 2015 vEntura MuSic FEStivaL - May 1 - 9, 2015

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Join FOOD Share for the 3rd Annual

Help Us Meet Our Goal!

Let’s Tackle Hunger in Ventura County Working together with our family of 180 pantries – we serve over 74,500 hungry friends per month. Here’s how YOU can help:

CAN-tree Collection Signature Event It’s that magical time of year when your canned donations transform into spectacular holiday trees! Be a part of FOOD Share and the Collection at RiverPark’s signature CAN-tree collection event. Businesses, neighborhoods, families and friends, join us during the weekend of December 5, 6 & 7 to help build CAN-trees and enjoy fun holiday activities, including photos with Santa, an ornament decorating station and great local entertainment!

Donate Food or Cash Sign up Today!

At foodshare.com to build your own CAN-tree or start your own neighborhood food drive to help us collect cans. (The Collection at RiverPark - exit 101 at North Oxnard Blvd.)

FOOD Share needs nonperishable foods like canned tuna, chicken, fruit, vegetables, rice, beans, pasta and peanut butter. Help FOOD Share provide even more protein-rich foods. Donating just $1 will provide $5 worth of healthy groceries.


90% of brain development takes place before age five, building the foundation for learning.

The Historic Camarillo Ranch

All it takes are words. Wedding & Special Event Venue Tours of the 1892 Ranch House Community Meeting Space School Tours and Grants Volunteer Opportunities

Complimentary School Tours are made possible by the “Send a Child to the Ranch” program. This program awards $350 grants toward round-trip school bus transportation to and from the Camarillo Ranch for qualified schools on a first-come-first-serve basis. We hope you’ll join us for our 14h Annual Gala: A Cowboy Christmas in support of our educational programming continuation and expansion.

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Saturday, December 6

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A Fabulous Fundraiser Featuring Tastings From Top Wineries + Caterers of Ventura County Silent + Live Auction Hosted By Tom & Sandy 805 For tickets please visit: www.camarilloranch.org or call 805.389.8182 for more info

All Proceeds Benefit CRF Educational Programs www.First5Ventura.org

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Monday, December 15 at 7:00 P.M.

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Desembre 12 at 5:00 AM Las Mañanitas y Misa Mariachi y Menudo 6:00 PM Procession from Mission Church, Mass, chocolate y pan dolce

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Monday, December 8 at 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM and 6:30 PM

MasTer ChiLDren’s Choir ConCerT Tuesday, December 9 at 7 PM

Friday, December 19, 8:00 P.M. Sunday, December 21, 4:30 P.M.

Las posaDas CeLebraTion December 16-23, 7:00 P.M.

Christmas EvE mass ~ Wednesday, December 24 4:00 PM (English Children’s Mass) 5:45 PM (English) • 7:30 PM (Spanish)

Christmas Day mass ~ Thursday, December 25 12:00 AM (Midnight-Bilingual) 7:30 AM and 9:00 AM (English) 10:30 AM (Spanish) • 12:15 PM (English)

May the Peace of Christ be with you this Christmas and throughout the New Year. 211 E. Main St., Ventura • 805-643-4318 • SanBuenaventuraMission.org • facebook.com/sanbuenaventuramission Where there is a will, there is a way to remember San Buenaventura Mission

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Your Support of Our Annual Appeal Makes a Difference

New Community Memorial Hospital

Modernized Ojai Valley Community Hospital

Building a New Community Memorial Hospital

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A not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization.

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At the Historic Dudley House, corner of Loma Vista & Ashwood St. in Ventura Fridays - Nov. 28, Dec. 5 & 12 Saturdays - Nov. 29, Dec. 6 & 13 Sundays - Nov. 30, Dec. 7 & 14 Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission FREE

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Featuring: • Home decorating items, vintage clothing, antiques and collectibles, & more! • Tea Room with refreshments, silent auction, kids crafts, & bargain items • Flea Market on the grounds every Sunday during the boutique, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Executive: For more Ad information, call Diane Newman

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A who’s who of Ventura County leaders gathered earlier this year to salute the winners of the Ventura County Community Foundation’s Community Leadership Awards.

Their accomplishments include getting a park built in a neighborhood with few recreational choices, tutoring children at risk of falling behind in school and providing major financial support of cultural institutions. By giving their time, talent and philanthropic dollars, they share with VCCF the belief that investing together for good for ever makes Ventura County a better place for all of us. Congratulations to each of them for building stronger communities. Find out how you can join in this good work at vccf.org. To sponsor the 2015 Community Leadership Awards, contact Lauren Willis, 805.330.6972 or lwillis@vccf.org. 2014 Community Leadership Award Winners Organization Award Orfalea Foundation | Special Award Richard Shipley | Founders Award Laura McAvoy | Next Generation Award Joseph Castaneda | Kesa Ryono Award Jackie Pearce | Philanthropist Award Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Foundation | Chairman’s Award Fred Kavli

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mercial window coverings in Southern California since 1975. We specialize in designing high quality treatments that bring beauty, privacy and improved comfort and energy efficiency to windows by installing shutters, blinds, and custom draperies. Visit our showroom, or we will have a design consultant visit your home or office. 5917 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura (805) 642-2300. Arjayswf.com or Fan us on facebook. com/Arjayswf Established in 1994, Pacific Stoneworks has grown to become the premier fabricator and installer of natural stone in the tri-county area

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A front door made from recycled beams opens to a display of Sherry’s paintings and Bill’s labor-intensive woodwork, including walnut chairs inspired by Sam Maloof and a gently curved entry table in madrone and walnut.

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But it was Camarillo resident and California Highway Patrol officer Tony Pedeferri, who was critically injured when a drunk driver hit him during a traffic stop on the 101 north of Ventura, who brought out the power of philanthropy in Spiker. “It was the Ventura Habitat Half-Marathon, and a lot of his CHP friends from all around the state came to support Tony,” he recalled. Pedeferri, whose injuries put him in a wheelchair, was told that his survival was due largely to physical fitness. Spiker said he felt a “need” to donate proceeds from the race to Pedeferri, who began a foundation to help organize physical fitness events and promote healthy lifestyles. “That race had about 200 more people than normal, and it was the first time we really donated a decent amount of money to a cause,” he said. “I’ve always felt that when we’re working in the community, we should give back to that community,” Spiker explained. It became an imperative, much like the imperative of running for Spiker. From straight donations, like giving a portion of the proceeds from the Turkey Trot to Habitat for Humanity, to dividing up proceeds based on volunteer numbers, Vendurance has made a significant impact on a number of Ventura County organizations, including Pedeferri’s Freedom on the Wings of Sport, the Humane Society, Ventura YMCA, and the Boys and Girls Clubs. He’s working with the two latter groups to create a program to get kids moving again. “They don’t have to join a league or a team, but we want to get kids to make movement and running a part of their lives,” he said. “I want to get them outside and moving instead of inside in front of a video game.” Spiker has created additional revenue streams and angles for fundraising as well. “For the Ventura Marathon this year, we tried something different,” he said. “We gave incentives for fundraising. If someone raised $150, they got a running hat. If they raised $300, they got a free hat and shirt. For $500 they got those things plus we rebated their entry fee.” This year, the marathon raised $9,500 for charity. Vendurance is growing steadily, and Spiker plans to hire a couple employees to help organize races. He’s thinking ahead. “I’m definitely open to the idea of creating larger events,” he said. “I really love Ventura, and I’d like to see us do some larger races. I think we could do that. There’s certainly the interest.” v EVENTS, RACE TIMING, AND COACHING: VENDURANCE.COM


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An olive ridley sea turtle comes ashore at La Flor Wildlife Refuge in Nicaragua. Paso Pacifico enlists the help of “community rangers” to protect this and three other species of nesting sea turtles.

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How can a local nonprofit change the world? By pinpointing one of its most sensitive biological corridors—and taking a holistic approach to restoring and conserving that natural ecosystem. BY LESLIE A. WESTBROOK

DELVING INTO PASO PACIFICO’S WEBSITE, it’s easy to get lost in the Internet jungle and ask, “What does this Ventura- and Nicaragua-based environmental nonprofit not do?” Founder Sarah Otterstrom laughed when I mentioned this, explaining, “We concentrate on one small, 700-kilometer biological corridor in Nicaragua, but we do everything that pertains to our mission—and then some.” Their mission? To restore and conserve the natural ecosystems of Central America’s Pacific slope, home to some of the world’s highest levels of biodiversity. Which means not only studying what is going on, but also informing and educating the locals on the ground, including farmers, large landowners, and potential develop-

ers, as well as schoolchildren, teachers, and government officials. “It’s a systems approach,” she continued, “working across the entire landscape and natural ecosystem to address the conservation needs.” Efforts have included putting satellite transmitters on turtles and radio telemetry devices on baby parrots to monitor where they go in their first year. “If we know their habits and where they go for food, we can reach out to the farmers or larger landowners so they don’t cut down those forests,” Sarah noted. They’ve also planted more than a half million trees, restoring 1,000 acres with native species. That 2007 project, funded through carbon credits, was a hallmark: the first in Latin America to receive NOVEMBER 2014

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gold standard validation under the Climate Community Biodiversity standard. “We continue to reforest watersheds with around 30,000 native trees per year, in partnership with small-scale landholders,” she said. An ecologist and conservation scientist, Sarah Otterstrom, PhD, grew up in Spokane, Washington, one of nine children. Although she and her husband, Dr. Rick Rutherford, attended high school together, they lost touch for a decade or so after graduation. While living and doing doctoral research work in the tropical forests of Nicaragua, Sarah communicated with Rick as he was practicing medicine in an indigenous community in Guatemala. The duo discovered their shared love of Central America—and one another—and moved to Ventura County in 2002 so Dr. Rutherford could train at VCMC’s Family Medicine Residency Program. Sarah launched Paso Pacifico in 2005, and in 2007 the growing family (including four children between the ages of one and eight) moved to Ojai, where they currently live. Otterstrom and her local team work out of a Ventura office, and she makes three to four trips a year to Nicaragua. The organization employs 40 people on the ground there, managed by country director Liza Gonzalez. I asked if they have any volunteers. “Not normally,” she said. “But we organize an international coastal cleanup for Nicaragua and get a lot of volunteers to help clean up beaches and lakes.” “How many is a lot?” “Five thousand,” she replied nonchalantly. Community involvement also includes education. Paso Pacifico teaches schoolchildren about the environment, and has established a Junior Ranger program outside of school hours that is coordinated with the Nicaraguan Education Ministry. “We are creating libraries in all the schools, and doing teacher training. Even uniforming some of the most impoverished school children and trying to help improve the infrastructure,” Sarah noted, explaining that public school teachers are sent to weeklong workshops in northern Nicaragua. And the educational programs are having an impact. Twenty-six-year-old Marvin, formerly a rural high school student, earned a scholarship to study forestry at a technical program in Oregon. He is now a full-time employee of the nonprofit, and working toward a college degree. “I really enjoy working with Paso Pacifico,” he wrote in an email. “It’s not everywhere you find a job that you like and that allows you to develop your knowledge. I have many opportunities to learn different things related to conservation. An important one is how to become a leader in my community.” Sarah’s area of expertise is in tropical fire ecology with a focus on rural subsistence farmers and how they use fire for hunting and agriculture. As an anthropologist, she lived in various rural communities. One site was a major sea turtle nesting beach, where she encountered the social dynamics around turtle eggs—a precious commod-

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ity for poor, and frequently hungry, local people. The sea turtles arrived in mass, some 5,000 of them laying 30,000 eggs over a one- to three-day period. Then the frenzy began. “It’s an amazing natural event. I was there before a lot of tourist development, and it was very messy,” Sarah recalled. “Rangers and the army protecting the beaches, but also participating in the trade of turtle eggs, sometimes even bartering them for sex.” She was writing her PhD thesis at the time, while “the army was shooting at people at night, and New York investors were flying down and buying land. Villagers were coming and taking eggs like crazy since the level of poverty at the time was so bad.” She was also trying to figure out the next step in her life, and pondered how a community might balance environmental and human needs. While baby sea turtles hatched, so did the idea for Paso Pacifico. “The villages depend on natural resources, but need the right tools to manage them effectively,” Sarah explained. “It’s not a simple situation.” She went on to describe how a New York investor recently bought up “70 percent of the forest and coastline to build a golf course and resort.” The land has yet to be developed, though, and the new owners are now protecting it. The complexity of real-world problems keeps adding to the organization’s list of things to do. “There are a lot of needs,” Sarah said. “Other organizations are often so large they can’t embed in a community very easily. I wanted to create a grassroots organization that worked closely with communities, as well as the private sector.” She admits to a certain level of naivety, not fully understanding how hard it would be. But “nine years later, we’re still here.” Encouraging feel-good moments keeps Sarah going. Case in point: A new project to create a cooperative of women restoring an oyster bed and launching a native oyster business. “I just got a note from the cooperative,” Sarah recalled. “It said, ‘We know this is possible! We believe in doing this because Paso Pacifico has been here so long, and we trust them.’” Smaller organizations are often more locally committed, as larger ones tend to jump in and out. “Even though our impact is small, we have been very present in the communities,” she noted. Thirty of the organization’s 40 employees are from local communities, and Sarah says Paso Pacifico is committed to the long haul. With an operating budget around $650,000, the nonprofit has received funding from USAid grants in the past, but now gets grants from the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife, as well as private donations and funding from foundations. The biggest challenge at the moment is the looming threat of an inter-American canal through the isthmus and Paso Pacifico’s designated biological corridor. “We have concerns about the biological impact, but we can’t fight it,” Sarah said of the government-proposed, Chinese-funded (50 kilometers on each side of the canal


ABOVE: Participants in the PacĂ­fico Junior Ranger program learn how a healthy environment benefits food production and water quality. LEFT: Each year, Paso Pacifico helps protect more than 10,000 sea turtle hatchlings. The organization also plants around 30,000 trees annually, partnering with local farmers to reforest important watersheds with economically and ecologically valuable species. Photos by Hal Brindley

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Photo by Hal Brindley

PASO PACIFICO 872 E. Front St., Suite 200, Ventura 805.643.7044, pasopacifico.org

Photo by Rodrigo Gonzalez

would belong to the Chinese firm) project. “If we do, we risk being kicked out of the country.” Poverty is also an issue. Nicaragua places second only to Haiti on the list of poorest nations in the Western Hemisphere, and rural people depend largely on fishing, agriculture, and other means that can deplete the environment. So, what’s next? The organization is in the process of hiring a managing director, so Sarah can focus on fundraising to acquire land and build what she calls “the core area.” In terms of importance, she says, there is one overriding concern: “We haven’t set aside land for conservation. … We’ve done great at recovering and protecting forests, but if we don’t set aside land to create a legacy, much like our national parks, the long-term impact of our efforts is uncertain.” v

TOP: Paso Pacifico planted this grove of young native trees six years ago as part of a 1,000-acre reforestation. The project offsets 200,000 metric tons of CO2 while creating new habitat for wildlife. ABOVE: Sarah Otterstrom’s heartfelt connection to the people of Nicaragua was a prime mover behind her decision to launch a nonprofit foundation.

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1+1 Pristine condo with superb views of the Channel Islands Harbor! Enjoy amazing sunsets from the water view deck. Amenities include pools, spas, tennis, fitness center and more! $265,000

2 BD + 2 BA with peek-a-boo ocean views in fabulous community nestled between Hollywood Beach and the Channel Islands Harbor. Walk to the farmer’s market, dining and the beach. Tropical decor in this adorable condo with 2-car garage.

Breathtaking water views from every room in this immaculate and decorator-perfect single-story condo. Gorgeous in every way, this home in Channel Islands Harbor is just a few years new! Spacious kitchen! Boat dock available for additional cost. Sold for $560,000

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A place to call home. Wonderfully updated and well-kept home featuring 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. Upgraded large kitchen that opens to the backyard plus a warm and inviting living room including a fireplace to entertain or cozy up with loves ones. Wood floors throughout. Nicely landscaped front and back. This house is truly turn-key and ready to move in without a paintbrush or screwdriver! The neighborhood is quiet and friendly with a wonderful HOA provided pool, spa, BBQ’s, lounge area and even RV parking.Walking distance to cafe’s, restaurants, stores and even the movie theater.

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East End Ranch with Spectacular Views A rare find situated on almost 10 flat acres with tons of potential, perfect for a horse property. The entire parcel boasts one of the famous old rock walls from the early 1900’s. This property has it all ~ privacy, location and those stunning views! $2,200,000

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SHORT LIST THE OJAI THEATER: 100 YEARS OF MOVIES

Through December 28 │Ojai Valley Museum The museum galleries will share the story of Ojai’s only movie house and its importance as a cultural hub in the community. The exhibit will include movie memorabilia, antique camera and projection equipment, and more. Admission is free for 2014 members. General admission: adults, $5; children 6-18, $1; ages 5 and under, free. 130 W. Ojai Ave. Tours available by appointment. For more information, call 805.640.1390 or visit ojaivalleymuseum.org.

2 PIANOS 4 HANDS

Through November 16 | Rubicon Theatre, Ventura Winner of the Dora Award (Canada’s Tony), this delightful comedy has played in more than 200 cities. Two actors, two pianos, and a multitude of characters will grace the stage as 15 years of piano playing unfolds in all its awful and hilarious glory. From classical to pop to jazz, the actors/pianists will portray a dazzling range of characters embellished with a show of piano wizardry. Music will include Bach, Beethoven and Jerry Lee Lewis. For more information, visit rubicontheatre.org.

OJAI FILM FESTIVAL

November 6 – 10 | Ojai The Ojai Film Festival chose the phrase “Enriching The Human Spirit Through Film” as its guiding principle. Now in its fifteenth year, the Festival will show films that “uplift people or help audiences feel good about being members of the human race.” For detailed info, including where and when to buy tickets, log on to ojaifilmfestival.com.

COLIN FRASER GRAY: DRAWINGS AND TAPESTRIES

kids in need. The event honors community leaders and philanthropists, and features entertainment, dining, live and silent auctions, and VIP experiences. Tickets sell out fast. Reserve a seat or table by calling 805.815.4959 x 200. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Black tie optional. 2101 W. Vineyard Ave., Oxnard. For more information, visit positiveplace4kids.org.

November 15 & 16 │Ojai

In support of the Ojai Music Festival, the Women’s Committee will host a tour of four distinctive homes in the Ojai Valley. This 18th annual fundraiser will highlight architectural contrasts in the region, with homes including a Masonic Lodge built in 1927 and transformed into a Palladian style private residence; a Greene & Greene style Craftsman on the East End; and two homes that pay homage to contemporary Mediterranean and Spanish influences. Entertainment will be provided at the homes, with live performances from local musicians. The tour will benefit the Ojai Music Festival and its BRAVO education programs. Tickets $30 in advance, $35 on the day of the event. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On the same weekend, the annual Holiday Marketplace at Matilija Junior High School gymnasium will feature more than 40 vendors and artisans. Admission to the Marketplace is free. For more information, visit ojaifestival.org.

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November 15 │ Residence Inn by Marriott, Oxnard The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme will host this 25th annual event, with a goal of raising over $310,000 for

ART ABOUT AGRICULTURE

November 20 | Ventura Harbor Comedy Club

ART ABOUT AGRICULTURE

November 15 │Studio Channel Islands Art Center, Camarillo The Madrid-inspired fashion show “Invierno” will showcase wearable art by members of Studio Channel Islands Art Center, as well as clothing by invited regional designers. This third annual event will begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30. General admission tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door. Limited VIP tickets, $75, include preferred seating and a special 5:30 reception with tapas, sangria, and gift bags. Admission includes one drink ticket and complimentary signature glass, no-host bar, music by DJ Mojoe, and an after-show shopping boutique of work by the featured artists and designers. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. For more information, visit studiochannelislands.org.

NOV. 8 - JAN. 15

GIRL’S NIGHT OUT WITH GRACE FRAGA

November 7 – 30 │Vita Art Center, Ventura Colin Fraser Gray’s artwork has been described as horrific and ecstatic, monuments to the imagination, whimsical, wild, funny, scary, improvised but ancient, and, more recently, “trash” by art critic Dr. Laura Schlessinger. Opening reception November 7 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 432 N. Ventura Ave. Studio 30, Ventura. For more information, visit vitaartcenter.com.

INVIERNO FASHION SHOW

100 YEARS OF MOVIES

HOLIDAY HOME LOOK IN & MARKETPLACE

Hosted by Paula Faust, this evening of all women standup comedians will be headlined by “Margarita Mama” Grace Fraga, an award-winning actress, comedienne, writer, and producer who has appeared on NBC, A&E, CBS, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, VH-1, Court TV, Univision, Galavision, and Telemundo. Ages 21 and over. $15 with a two-item minimum. Doors open at 7 p.m. for 8 p.m. show. 1559 Spinnaker Dr., Suite 205, Ventura. For more information, visit venturaharborcomedyclub.com.

November 8 – January 15 │Santa Paula Art Museum The Seventh Annual “Art About Agriculture” exhibit will feature works from more than 65 artists. Some pieces be displayed at the Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum (926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula). Exhibits will explore all facets of agriculture, from workers to water, machinery to soil, and the food that goes on our plates. An opening reception will be held on November 8 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Santa Paula Art Museum. Admission $10 for museum members, $15 for non-members. 117 North 10th St., Santa Paula. Detailed info at santapaulaartmuseum.org.

THROUGH DEC. 28

Nov. 22 & 23 / Dec. 13 & 14, Oxnard/Ventura

Ventura County Ballet Company will deliver Sugar Plum star power with its 16th annual production of “The Nutcracker.” Ventura College’s 52-piece live symphony orchestra will accompany VCBC as it thrills audiences with captivating storytelling, enchanting choreography, amazing imagery, and stitched-to-perfection costumes. Performances will be held on November 22 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and on the 23rd at 2 p.m., at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center (800 Hobson Way, Oxnard). Additional shows on December 13 at 7 p.m., and on the 14th at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., at Ventura College Performing Arts Center (4700 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura). For more information, visit venturacountyballet.com.

NOV. 22-23 / DEC. 13-14

THE NUTCRACKER

ON THE HORIZON

DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST December 4 – 7 | Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

The worldwide smash hit Broadway musical will come to Thousand Oaks as part of the Theater League 2014 – 2015 season. This is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped by the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out… Tickets start at $44, available online at theaterleague. com and ticketmaster.com, or by visiting the Civic Arts Plaza box office at 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. or any Ticketmaster outlet, or by calling 800.745.3000. For more information, visit beautyandthebeastontour.com or civicartsplaza.com.

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EXPERIENCE THE FRED EVANS TEAM Fred has been selected as one of the Top 250 teams in the U.S. and has been in the top 100 RE/MAX teams in the country for the past 15 consecutive years.

CAMARILLO MISSION OAKS WOODSIDE POOL HOME. Beautiful 4+2 ½ w/ African Mahogany floors on 1st level & newer carpet on 2nd floor. Triple pane windows, upgraded kitchen, scraped ceilings & crown moldings. Indoor laundry, family room & fireplace. Pool, spa & fire pit. Listed for $669,900www.404Manzanita.com

Mid-Town Ventura ocean view home. Situated up a private driveway. Updated 2+2 home features expansive viewing deck on over 16,000 square foot lot. Remodeled bath. Kitchen w/ Corian tops, open beam ceilings & fireplace. Offered At $769,000 www.1837Foster.com

Large Single Story Camden Home in Ventura. Gorgeous pool & spa home w/ 4+3 in 2001. Desirable floor plan w/ approx. 2530 SF & over 11,000 SF lot. Gated drive-way w/ RV parking. Upgrades in the 1000’s include hardwood flooring. Gourmet kitchen, family room, outdoor BBQ. Listed for $839,900 www.798Tierney.com

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Ventura Skyline Estate! Incredible views from this 4+3 & approx. 2152 sq ft. Renovated kitchen, hardwood floors ,new carpeting, dual pane windows, new landscaping, new heater, AC, & ceiling fans in all bedrooms. Listed for $849,900  www.601skyline.com

Santa Paula’s Exclusive McKevett Heights Estate. 1925 historic Spanish revival on over 4/5 acre lot. Original built for Senator Walter Duval. 4 + 4 ½ w/ approx. 3255 sq ft. Covered veranda overlooking gardens, koi pond & fountain. Beautiful 400 sq ft gazebo includes kitchen. Only $1,350,000 www.19Mckevett.com

Southern Comfort in Las Posas Camarillo. Victorian replica estate w/ 4+4 approx. 4400 sq ft. Cul-de-Sac, gated w/ over 1 acre parcel. Zoned for horses, arena & riding trails. 2 master suites, gourmet kitchen, pool, spa, BBQ Island & lush landscaping & guest quarters. Now Listed for $1,199,000 www.363lastueroct.com

Oak View Saddle Mountain Estates on 2 acres. Single story 4+3 custom home w/ approx. 3300 sq ft. Cathedral ceiling in living & family room. Fabulous master bathroom w/ walk-in closet. Swimming pool & spa w/ rock waterfalls. Koi pond, walnut grove fruit trees & adjacent to horse trail. Now Listed for $1,199,900 www.11017rodeo.com

Oak View Saddle Mountain Custom home over 2 acres. Designed by renowned Architect Zelma Gussin Wilson. Voted “Top 10 Luxury Baths 2014” by duPont Registry. 4 BR+3 ½ baths w/ approx.4225 sq ft, built in 1989. Lower master suite. Gourmet kitchen, great room, & room for pool, guest house or more. New price at $1,350,000 www.10885encino.com

Restored Ventura Ocean-View Craftsman & 2nd Residence Guest House. Renovated in 2005-06, Main house 4+3 w/approx. 3,167 SF. Second home built in 2007 w/ 2+2 approx. 1,200 SF currently a vacation rental w/ approx. $43K income. Close to downtown amenities & beach. New Price $1,749,900 www.1093poli.com

Oxnard Hollywood Beach ocean front ti-plex. Ocean front approx. 73 feet wide. Existing tri-plex generates approx. $4,000.00 a month in income. Possible to develop a new duplex or build dream home. Upstairs unit 2+1, downstairs are 2 units w/ 1+1. Major Price Reduction-Now $2,150,000 www.fredevans.com

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Ventura Custom Contemporary Ocean View Pool Home. Built in 2004 3BR+4BA, approx. 3400 sq ft per tax & approx. 2500+ SF of decks/walkways. Outdoor kitchen, & guest quarters. Incredible master which flows into the pool area. Offered at $1,595,000 www.1874Terrace.com

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