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Photo Of Storm Damaging The Ventura Pier By: Rellis Smith
Photographer Of Rebuilding The Ventura Pier By: Pam Laws

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  • AIR UNIT HOIST RESCUE OF
    DIVE BOAT SPECTRE
  • VENTURA PIER, BEACH &
    PROMENADE OPENED AFTER MAJOR DAMAGE IN DECEMBER 2015
  • "BUILD A WALL" BANNER CAUSES
    WALKOUT/DEMOSTRATION AT OREGON HIGH SCHOOLS

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AIR UNIT HOIST RESCUE OF
DIVE BOAT SPECTRE


Prepared By:
Senior Deputy Ryan Poynter
Posted: 06/21/16

On Saturday, June 18, 2016, members from the Ventura County Sheriff's Aviation Unit, together with personnel from the Ventura County Fire Department and United States Coast Guard, rescued two divers off the West side of Anacapa Island.


Around 10:20 a.m., Ventura County Fire Dispatch requested Air Squad 9 respond to the waters off Anacapa Island. Two divers were unresponsive and suffering from post-dive medical issues onboard the dive boat Spectre. Air Squad 9 departed the Camarillo Airport staffed by Pilot Kim Bergeson, Firefighter/ Paramedic Jeff Golden, Senior Deputy Ryan Poynter, Deputy Lee Chapman, and Paramedic Brian Pugh. The United States Coast Guard launched a response boat from Coast Guard Station Channel Islands and a MH-65D helicopter from Coast Guard Forward Operating Base Point Mugu.


Upon arrival, Air Squad 9 coordinated a hoist rescue with the United States Coast Guard boat crew and the captain from the Spectre. Deputy Chapman hoisted Firefighter/ Paramedic Golden to the stern of the Spectre. A 48-year old male patient and a 47-year old female patient were hoisted into Air Squad 9, followed by Firefighter Paramedic Golden.

Both divers were treated onboard Air Squad 9 and flown to St. John's Regional Medical Center, in Oxnard, for additional treatment.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Office, Ventura County Fire Department and the United States Coast Guard have an outstanding working relationship benefiting the community of Ventura County and surrounding areas. Since May 2016, the United States Coast Guard set up Forward Operating Base Point Mugu to expand their operations and conduct rescues both offshore and onshore. The County of Ventura and surrounding neighbors are grateful to have this resource as we strive to continue the best public service possible for our community.

Approved By: Sergeant Carl Patterson
Report Number: 16-91047
Location: Anacapa Island

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

VENTURA PIER, BEACH &
PROMENADE OPENED AFTER MAJOR DAMAGE IN DECEMBER 2015

Mostly By: Rellis Smith
Contribution By: Pam Laws
Rewrites By: J. B. Robinson
Posted: 07/01/16


All it takes is a few HUGE ocean hiccups like took place in early December 2015 when the enormous ocean waves pounded Ventura's, Central, and Southern California beaches to cause havoic.


With the sweeping of waves as seen in the picture above provided by Rellis Smith, you can see just how dramatic this ocean attack was on Ventura's pier, promenade and beaches. Basically, the pier itself underwent major repairs including damaged pilings as well as some of the railings and floorboards. Meantime, beach sand was carried out to sea basically carrying part of Ventura's beach out into the bay. Of course, the businesses on the pier and the bike rental were shutdown for a time.


The City of Ventura's action was swift to rebuild the damages as seen in photos by Pam Laws - photos that show the overview reconstruction.

The beach itself was in part taken out by the storm and a rock wall was built. Trucks of gravel and sand were hauled in - the rocks to stabilize what beach was left and the sand to recreate the beach itself.


At the end of April 2016, another ribbon cutting reopening took place of the pier and the beach. Although, news medias continues to replay the hyped destructive scenes across this nation, VENTURA'S PIER, PROMENADE & BEACHES ARE OPEN FOR THE PUBLIC TO ENJOY. Locals and tourists worldwide are again welcome to stroll, run, bike, play and fish.

Downtown Ventura's ocean beaches along with the pier, first built in 1872, has stood as a favorite attraction for fishing, picnics, sunset strolls and beautiful views of Ventura County's coastline and the Channel Islands.

Later came the beachside construction of the promenade - a boardwalk that is utilized for the strollers, runners, bicyclers, skateboarders and more. Daily, on the promenade, you can see young parents with their giggling children either in strollers or held hands, other family members, adolescents and friends of all ages enjoying each others company, young to old lovers walking arm-in-arm or holding hands sneaking a kiss and/or individuals finding time to oneself - all for the taking of a serene walk. Most are there for the enjoyment of God's beauty in its sunrise, sunset or the majestic scenic view.

As written by Rellis Smith and published in January 2016, Ventura Pier is very old pier, a long pier, (once the longest wooden pier in California) - a historic pier, in which signs along the pier railings make it an informative pier; it is a scenic pier, a pier with a restaurant and snack bar at the beginning, and beautiful sights of the Channel Islands on the far end.

The pier itself only has a restaurant, snack bar, and bathroom. However, if you walk down the pier you'll see lots of people and dogs crabbing and fishing. If you read the signs, you'll learn the history of the pier. Once you get to the end you'll see that it's a great place to take a leisure walk, relax or spend quality time with family.

The new pier sits on the same spot and beach as the original Ventura Wharf, a pier dating back to 1872. That original wharf was a private wharf sitting on private land; however, since 1949, the pier has belonged to the state. Today, the beach and pier are part of the San Buenaventura State Beach one of the unique features is the large-cutout section of the pier out toward the end.

A hole roughly 20-by-30 feet that allows anglers to fish down among the pilings. It is lit up with strong searchlights at night - lights that attract baitfish and the inevitable larger species attracted by the baitfish. During most months it can be a great place to fish, especially at night.

You can catch lots of fish at night and see lots of fish caught all at night - Mackerel, queen fish, white croaker, bass, perch, thornbacks, gray sharks and bat ray.

The fishing was almost secondary in importance. More important, to me, was the folks having such a good time. People were laughing whenever one of the kids would catch a fish, the kids were running about chasing the pigeons, the dads spent most of the time baiting, the kid's hooks and everybody was having the time of their lives.

The bottom here is smooth sand with very little seaweed. In shore, expect to see barred surfperch much of the year with the largest concentrations, and largest fish, in the winter and early spring. Most of the barred perch will fall to sand crabs, fresh mussels, green rubber Gulp worms or shrimp. Use a light or medium outfit equipped with number 6 or 4 hooks and just use enough weight to hold bottom. The same surf area will yield yellowfin croaker, corbina, and perhaps a few spot fin croakers in the late summer and fall months.

Rellis Smith
rellis39@sbcglobal.net

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"BUILD A WALL" BANNER CAUSES
WALKOUT/DEMOSTRATION AT
FOREST GROVE HIGH SCHOOLS.
OTHER OREGON SCHOOLS FOLLOW

By: J. B. Robinson
Posted: 06/29/16

Historically, Forest Grove, Washington County, Oregon for the most part has since it beginning been a quiet, peaceful university town housing Pacific University, a Congregational university with Christian value, the oldest university west of the Rocky Mountains founded in 1849. (It is at this university where I did most of my higher education.)

Today, Forest Grove economics is driven by more than its university, but also, by farming, the lumber industry, and its working commuters to Washington County's high tech campuses, i.e. Intel, Tektronix and more plus Portland massive industrial city where I, too, once worked.

Walkouts and demonstrations in major cities in the USA and at universities across this country once were rampant mostly against the USA's involvement in Vietnam and against the establishment. For the community of Forest Grove and/or its youth to do a walkout/demonstration is about as unlikely there as anywhere on the planet. However, that was not true last month when a "BUILD A WALL" banner was hung from a second-floor bridge near the front entrance of Forest Grove High School known as the commons.

This highly populated Latino high school of which most of those Latino attendees are born in the USA some by documented Latino citizens of the USA, however, not all. Actually, in public schools across our nation, a lot of the youth are undocumented or their parents are like wise undocumented. Those illegal students are here in the USA because their parents or grandparents brought them here. Holding the illegal students accountable is, of course, a social issues - an issue in which, they're blamed for being brought into the country illegally - something they are not responsible for doing.

The BUILD A WALL banner was a result of the Donald Trump for president campaign; wherein, he promises if he becomes president to build a wall between the USA and Mexico to keep the mostly illegal from crossing the USA border - those coming from Mexico, South American and now the flood from the Middle Eastern countries.

Whether right or wrong, what this campaign slogan "BUILD A WALL" and the sign that was hung at FGHS provoked was a walkout of about one-third of Forest Grove High School's 1,900 student body mostly carrying Mexican flags. A few carried the American flag. Those in the walkout were of diversified heritage. Many found themselves being cheered on by supporters from other schools and organizations waiting for them outside. Meantime, residents near the high school remained inside with their doors locked some legally armed in case of violence - a violence that thankfully never came.

Almost as quickly as this PEACEFUL DEMOSTRATION formed, hundreds of students from other high schools in Washington County, Oregon followed; they were from Beaverton, Tigard, Hillsboro, Aloha, Liberty, Tualatin and Glencoe High Schools. Later, even the high schools from Portland, OR joined with peaceful walkout of their own. Portland State University held a rainy day rally.

One observant said, "The tension at the school is "a microcosm of what's happening nationwide"; meantime, a participant said, "it was good to show the whole student body standing up against a small group of racist students".

The three who put up the "BUILD A WALL" sign thought that they were like those doing the walkout - using their 1st Amendment Rights and apologized for their actions. The three were suspended for three days, while those who walked out received no suspension.

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