Earthday Ecofest April 23, 2016


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Ventura Earth Day Eco Fest

April 23, 2016
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The award-winning Ventura Earth Day Eco Fest brings fun, entertainment, children’s activities, exhibitors, and education to Promenade Park on April 23, 2016. Each year this successful community event is attended by over 5000 people and 80 exhibitors. Come join us celebrate our environment at a beautiful beachfront park.

The Ventura Earth Day Eco Fest provides live music, dance and demonstrations from regional amateur and professional artists, including youth dance and music groups, martial arts demonstrations, and local bands. Join the excitement and fun on two stages this year.

Ventura Earth Day Eco Fest hosts a wide variety of fun and educational activities for children.

Kids Educational Exhibits – Pet lizards and tortoises, learn about birds of prey, watch and participate in live science experiments, understand how solar energy systems work, and more.

Recycled Crafts Center – Create beautiful art out of “found” objects, hosted by local WAV artists (Working Artists Ventura).

Scavenger Hunt – Learn facts about protecting the earth and earn a free ice cream coupon for McConnell’s Ice Cream!

Kids Fun – Ventura Earth Day Eco Fest has a number of fun activities for children, face painting, hula hooping, arts/crafts and more.


Email CPUC today: “There must be no new power plants on Oxnard Beaches.”


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eacd7b82-62b0-40cd-b8ec-42e608a256b5On March 17, 2016, The CPUC commissioners will vote on whether or not to pause the proceedings pending a full environmental review at the CEC.  Oxnard Mayor Pro Tem Carmen Ramirez urges all of us to tell the PUC to tell SCE “to go back to the drawing board and do a new request for offer, which would insure that renewable energy proposals would be considered. Reliability, sea level rise and environmental justice concerns demand that any new energy source be located elsewhere for all of these reasons and more. “

“Oxnard has been subjected to bullying and abuse by Southern California Edison, the Investor Owned Utility that distributes electricity and the energy producer, NRG which owns the two power plants about to be shut down, facilities that have marred our coast for more than 50 years.”

It does not matter where you live. This beach and this climate belong to all of us. The waste and unnecessary pollution affects everyone. Environmental justice is important for everyone.

Reference: Application of SCE  to  Approve  Fourth Power Plant  in Oxnard #14-11-016

Here are some legal points:
· While the CEC—as the lead CEQA agency—has a large role to play in the consideration of environmental issues, the CPUC also has a mandate to consider environmental issues in the Public Utilities Code.

· Public Utilities Code Section 451 states, in part, “every public utility shall furnish and maintain such adequate, efficient, just, and reasonable service, instrumentalities, equipment, and facilities, including telephone facilities, as defined in Section 54.1 of the Civil Code, as are necessary to promote the safety, health, comfort, and convenience of its patrons, employees, and the public.” This broad authority of the CPUC to promote the safety, health, and comfort of the public necessarily includes consideration of environmental justice issues.

· A CPUC decision from 2007 (D0712052) states that, “some criteria for which we believe the IOUs need to provide greater weight include disproportionate resource sitings in low income and minority communities, and environmental impacts/benefits.” For almost a decade, the CPUC has believed it should consider issues of environmental justice when making decisions and in 2013 the CPUC acknowledged that SCE remains bound by these requirements.

· Commissioner Peterman’s and Commissioner Florio’s APDs lack proper consideration of legislative mandate and CPUC historical precedent. The initial Proposed Decision by Administrative Law Judge Regina M. DeAngelis must be supported.

See DeAngelis decision here:

Florio decision:


Occupy Good Vibes: Children’s Garden in Ventura


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We can all use to focus on some good things going on… here’s one —

Evelyn and Howard Boroughs Children’s Garden in Ventura.

For information, call 653-0323 or go online to

Garden Includes:  (From

  • Native and pollinator plants, planted with the intention of restoring the Monarch butterfly habitat to the region.
  • A Chumash Ap (a traditional Chumash dwelling), built as an Eagle Scout project  guided by local Chumash tribal members.
  • A mural along one garden wall depicts a large tree and oversized butterflies, signifying the habitat that has been planted. Painted by local artist Uriel Leon, the mural was embellished under his guidance by children from the Harrington Elementary School in Oxnard.

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Wednesday, March 16, 6:30 p.m.
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
3050 E. Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, CA 93065

SSFL Contamination at Runkle Canyon and Brandeis-Bardin Institute?
A Closer Look —


Potential migration of contamination to Runkle Canyon and the Brandeis-Bardin Institute will be discussed at the next meeting of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) Work Group on Wednesday, March 16 in SImi Valley.



We hope you will join us for some straight talk about SSFL and learn what you can do to ensure it is truly cleaned up.


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