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May, 2019

Whistleblowing Farmworker

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This is a story of a whistleblowing farmworker and now a local hero. An Oxnard, California man documented how a farm exposed his fellow farmworkers to dangerous pesticides multiple times. The California Department of Pesticide Regulation has rules against exposing workers to pesticide drift.   Ventura County uses the more pesticides per mile than any other county in the state. Amadeo Sumano had harvested for an Oxnard strawberry farm carrying the green Good Farms label sold at Coscto and Whole Foods. It was certified through the Equitable Food Initiative that […]

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Feb, 2019

Disappearing California Coast

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Mudslides, and flooding have weighed heavily on California Central Coastal minds. The fires of 2017 and 2018 that raged through Ventura County exacerbated anxiety. We worry about our beaches. We want to know how we can manage climate change. In a coastal community, we live in uncertainty. To address some of it I created a video about an Oxnard, California beach that breaks down some coastal adaptation science. If you watch this video to the end, you will find ways to save some of our beaches. It isn’t all doom […]

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Mar, 2018

Compare Three Thomas Fire Mudslide Risk Maps

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With another storm coming, the Ventura County Peace and Justice Network is offering three mudslide risk maps for our readers to compare. This might help you make the difficult decision to evacuate, or at least pick up extra sandbags. US Geological Survey Debris Flow Hazard Map The US Geological Survey (USGS) provides the most extensive background on how it gets its information. The map pays special attention to river flows and explains how being beneath a creek during a rain might affect your safety. It is detailed. For example, it classifies […]

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Jul, 2017

Oxnard’s Power Plants

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A Long Haul The city of Oxnard (population 186,000) has a whole lot of power plants. Now there are plans to build another. Energy consultants argue that California has more than enough power. So why build another? Environmental justice groups like CAUSE have carefully reminded the public about the stakes when one less economically advantaged city takes up the power burden. Oxnard posses a place called Ormond Beach, home to Halaco, a superfund site, and an obsolete power plant that sits on otherwise gorgeous beach. This is more than just […]

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