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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from the Harrisons
Harrison and City of Ojai Reach Contract Extension
CSUCI President's Dinner Has 1960s Theme
T.O. Mayor's 'State of City' Address Focuses on First 50 Years
Harrison Congratulates Camarillo on its Golden Anniversary
Sandy Smith Takes Gavel as New VCEDA Chairperson
Troop Real Estate's Turkey-A-Thon Reaches 1,400 Families
Fillmore Rotary's Casino Night Draws Big Crowd
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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from the Harrisons

(L to R) Myron, Ralph and Jim Harrison.

Harrison Industries wishes you and yours the warmest Christmas greetings and health, happiness and success in the coming year. One of the real joys this holiday season is the opportunity to say, "Thank you."

We are proud of the trash and recycling collection service we provide you and remain committed to maintaining the highest level of service to you in the coming years. We remind you to please recycle your Christmas tree - and that now includes flocked Christmas trees.

Trees we collect are processed by our strategic partner Agromin into various sizes of mulch that benefit our farmlands, orchards, nurseries and our own gardens. And remember, we also now accept milk and juice cartons that are recycled into new products.

Also keep in mind that all Harrison customers can put out twice the amount of trash during the two weeks after Dec. 25 at no extra charge.

Again, Happy Holidays from Harrison Industries, where we are working with you to achieve Zero Waste.

Harrison and City of Ojai Reach Contract Extension

Harrison Industries will continue to serve residential, commercial and industrial customers in Ojai for up to the next 20 years. Ojai logo

At its Nov. 11 meeting, the Ojai City unanimously approved a 10-year renewal of our franchise agreement - with three five-year extensions added based on performance. Under the contract, effective on Jan. 1, 2015, Ojai residents will continue to enjoy the low monthly trash, recycling and yard waste hauling rates. Curbside pickup will continue to be on Monday.

Our Ojai customers also will have the option of obtaining a second recycling cart for free, and an extra green waste cart for $5 as part of an effort to expand the amount of waste diverted from landfills.

Ojai's waste diversion rate currently stands at 62 percent, well above the state-mandated 50 percent. Our goal and the city's goal are to achieve 75 percent waste diversion by 2020.

CSUCI President's Dinner Has 1960s Theme

Myron Harrison and his wife Sharon, along with Darren Harrison and his wife Lisa were dressed for the '60s.

Dr. Richard Rush presided over California State University Channel Islands' 15th annual President's Dinner on Oct. 18 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza hotel. The gala was far out!

Far out? You probably haven't heard that "hippie" term in decades, but it certainly applied to this year's President's Dinner with its 1960s theme. More than 400 community members, local dignitaries, faculty and CSUCI students joined in on the fun evening that featured a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, silent auction and music and dancing with Ticket to Ride, a Beatles tribute band. Guests were invited to dress formal or in their best '60s attire.

Darren and Lisa Harrison

Myron and Darren Harrison and their wives Sharon and Lisa Harrison got into the spirit of things. Myron and Darren both donned tie-dyed shirts and their wives dressed like they were on their way to Woodstock. Myron also sported a cool goatee.

On a serious note, the gala supports the university's highest-priority needs, including student scholarships, critical programs, new technology, facilities and equipment. In addition, Dr. Rush honored bank executive and philanthropist George Leis with the Robert J. Lagomarsino Award, named in honor of the longtime United States Congressman and state senator who was an early proponent of the university.

Leis has been a positive and productive force in CI's ongoing development, chairing CI's Foundation Board since 2012. He is national sales manager for Union Bank's Private Bank.

Harrison Industries provides trash and recycling service at CSUCI and also is a sponsor of the President's Dinner, a really groovy fundraiser.

T.O. Mayor's 'State of City' Address Focuses on First 50 Years

Andy Fox is mayor of Thousand Oaks, but he also served as city historian for a day on Dec. 9. His State of the City address at California Lutheran University focused on the accomplishments of civic and business leaders since Thousand Oaks' incorporation 50 years ago that have made the city one of the best places to live in California.

Fox and, by video, past city leaders talked about how much they wanted Thousand Oaks to be different from the San Fernando Valley and the efforts that it took to achieve that goal. I say "Mission Accomplished!"

Harrison Industries has served Thousand Oaks since the 1970s and was a gold sponsor of the address, so the Harrison brothers - Ralph, Jim and Myron - were all there. Also seated with me at the Harrison table were General Manager Lynn Harrison, Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station GM George Harrison, and Harrison Controller Mike Marostica.

It was quite an impressive address. It was very educational; I know I learned a lot.

Harrison Congratulates Camarillo on its Golden Anniversary

(L to R) Jim Harrison with Kevin Kildee and Charlotte Craven.

Harrison Vice President Jim Harrison and I had the honor of congratulating the city of Camarillo on its 50th anniversary. We presented a plaque to the City Council at its Dec. 10 meeting.

Harrison Industries has served Camarillo residents and businesses with trash collection services since even before its incorporation in 1964. We also are proud of our partnership with Camarillo since California's recycling movement began in 1989 with Assembly Bill 939 that requires California cities to reduce the amount of trash they send to landfills by 50 percent.

With the city's help, we have created recycling programs that are as routine as trash service, including innovative curbside green waste and recycling service. As a result, Camarillo has reached a 74 percent diversion rate, among the highest in the state.

Again, congratulations on your golden anniversary. Congratulations also go to Bill Little, who was unanimously elected Camarillo's new mayor, to outgoing mayor Kevin Kildee and councilmembers Mike Morgan - the new vice mayor - Charlotte Craven and Jan McDonald for their commitment to recycling.

Sandy Smith Takes Gavel as New VCEDA Chairperson

New VCEDA Chairperson Sandy Smith (left), with outgoing Chairperson Ellen Brown and Bill Camarillo, who was chairperson in 2012.

Harrison Industries congratulates Sandy Smith on being selected chairperson of the Ventura County Economic Development Association - VCEDA - at its 66th annual Installation of Officers event at Limoneira Company on Dec. 9.

I'm certain Sandy will do an outstanding job looking after the best interests of local businesses and the economic vitality of Ventura County. He has a varied background: restaurant owner and teacher, and he now serves as a land use consultant with Sespe Consulting Inc. in Ventura. I've known Sandy for decades and once served with him on the Ventura City Council.

Congratulations also go to outgoing chairperson Ellen Brown, who is the regional delivery manager of Volt Workforce Solutions in Oxnard. Good job, Ellen!

I also was sworn in to serve another three-year term on the executive committee, along with Agromin CEO Bill Camarillo. It's a pleasure to serve because VCEDA is so important to the local business community.

Troop Real Estate's Turkey-A-Thon Reaches 1,400 Families

Thanks to Troop Real Estate's 15th annual Turkey-A-Thon, about 1,400 families in need in Ventura County enjoyed a free Thanksgiving dinner.

Harrison Industries provided free recycling service and George Harrison, general manager of Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station, donated $500 to this program in which each qualifying family (identified by FOOD Share) received a 12-14 pound turkey, a five-pound bag of potatoes, a box of stuffing, two cans of green beans, a can of mushroom soup, onions and fresh rolls. Those with vouchers were able to collect the meal at one of 10 locations throughout Ventura County.

And in gratitude to those who defend our country, Troop included 750 military families from Naval Base Ventura County in the program. Through corporate and private donations, about $55,000 was raised to provide the $20 dinner to each family. Since its beginning in 2000, the program has fed about 180,000 people a holiday meal.

For more information or to make a donation for next year's Turkey-A-Thon, go to

Fillmore Rotary's Casino Night Draws Big Crowd

If you entered the Veteran's Memorial Building in Fillmore on Oct. 18, you would have thought you were in Las Vegas - or maybe even Monte Carlo!

The Fillmore Rotary Club's Casino Night was a big success, drawing a large number of community members who enjoyed an evening of fun. Many tables were busy with Rotary members and Fillmore civic leaders conducting the games. The event also included a silent auction and lots of food and drink.

Harrison Industries made a large donation to the fundraiser that benefits Fillmore's Future Farmers of America.

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