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State-of-the Art CNG Fueling Station Taking Form
CSUCI President Rush Gives Final State of the University Address
'An Enchanted Evening in the Land of Oz' Benefits Santa Clara Valley's Kids
Ventura Unified's 'Festival of Talent' Showcases Students' Creative Gifts
Carpinteria Chamber Recognizes Its Top Citizens and Businesses
Opera and Theater Director Peter Sellars to Lead 70th Ojai Music Festival
Join in the Fun at St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 12
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State-of-the Art CNG Fueling Station Taking Form
Harrison Engineering Manager Mike Harrison, in front of the company's two CNG compressor units.
Harrison Industries has long been working to reduce its impact on climate change by understanding its carbon footprint. One component of Harrison's plan is to convert a majority of its diesel fleet with vehicles that run on clean-burning natural gas.

In 2003 Harrison opened the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling station in western Ventura County. The company has furthered its commitment to the environment by also adding 33 LNG-dedicated and 13 compressed natural gas (CNG)-dedicated trucks to the fleet. CNG has demonstrated itself as a highly efficient and reliable low carbon fuel for material collection vehicles. Harrison also added temporary CNG lines to its LNG fueling station to serve the CNG fleet until the new CNG station is operational.

Mike Harrison says Harrison's 13 CNG fueling stations should be up and running sometime this summer.
Harrison is currently building a new CNG fueling station from a gas pipeline . Harrison will install 13 CNG fueling stations - each station having two fueling pumps - at the company's Saticoy yard. Construction is expected to be completed sometime this summer, reports Mike Harrison, engineering manager for Harrison Industries.

The gas line to the Saticoy yard has already been installed. What's left is completing installation of the CNG system's two 250-horsepower compressor units that will compress the gas to over 3,500 pounds per square inch into CNG, as well as completing the system's computerized monitoring unit and fueling stations.

Why move away from diesel to natural gas (CNG and LNG)? Here's why:
  • Natural gas is the safest of all hydrocarbon fuels, including propane and gasoline.
  • It is lighter than air so it floats upward and dissipates quickly, unlike propane and gasoline fumes that are heavier than air and much more highly flammable.
  • Natural gas is an environmentally friendly fuel and emits virtually no air quality emissions, and it is less carbon intensive than other transportation fuels.
  • It has fewer emissions than coal, oil or gasoline due to its simple chemical composition - a molecule of one carbon atom and four hydrogen atoms (CH4). When methane is burned completely, the principal products of combustion are carbon dioxide and water vapor.
These are exciting times at Harrison Industries, and I will keep you posted on developments as our state-of-the-art CNG system takes form.
CSUCI Pres. Rush Gives Final State of University Address
Richard Rush
Richard Rush, California State University Channel Islands' president from its start, gave his final State of the University address on Feb. 18 at Spanish Hills Country Club in Camarillo.

Rush is retiring this summer, and Harrison Industries - a sponsor of the address - salutes him for his achievements. CSUCI has grown from a handful of students and faculty when it opened in 2002 to having an enrollment of over 5,000 and a faculty of 349 professors.

Rush's message was that without the support of the community, the university would not have thrived the way it has. It also would not have thrived without Rush's strong leadership and vision - that is certain.

Harrison Vice President Myron Harrison and Gold Coast Recycling's General Manager George Harrison were among those attending and joining in giving Rush a well-deserved standing ovation.
'An Enchanted Evening in the Land of Oz' Benefits Kids

Harrison General Manager Lynn Harrison and his wife Patty join characters from the Wizard of Oz at the Santa Clara Valley B&GC Club benefit.
The theme of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley's 12th annual auction and dinner on Feb. 6 was, "An Enchanted Evening in the Land of Oz." It was indeed enchanted for the sold-out crowd of over 250 attendees at Saticoy Country Club, many who were inspired and dressed as Dorothy, the scarecrow, tin man and cowardly lion as well as the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda, the Good Witch of the South. Others arrived in glittery red shoes, in honor of Dorothy.

(L to R) Jan Marholin (B&GC of Santa Clara Valley CEO), Ari Larson (Back - Chairman of the auction and Board Chairman of the B&GC of Santa Clara Valley), Nan Drake and Theresa Robledo.
"It was a big success, a beautiful night and everyone had a great time," reported Pearl Galvan, operations manager of the B&GC of Santa Clara Valley, who added that the event raised about $100,000. Way to go!
Harrison Industries is an enthusiastic sponsor of this delightful event that features a cocktail hour followed by a silent auction, dinner and live auction featuring an assortment of gifts, jewelry, entertainment packages and luxurious stays in private vacation rentals.

Also, a tableful of Harrison family members attended, including Jim Harrison, Lynn Harrison and his wife Patty, John Harrison and his wife Leah, David Harrison and his wife Sandi, and Robbie Harrison and his wife Crystal.

Sales Manager David Harrison and his wife Sandi also joined in on the fun.
I was happy to be there also, since this is the nonprofit's largest fundraiser. It benefits about 1,400 boys and girls - many underprivileged - who are regulars at the B&GC of Santa Clara Valley's clubhouses in Fillmore, Santa Paula and Piru and who participate in the club's many after-school and summer programs.

Ventura Unified's 'Festival of Talent' Showcases Students' Creative Gifts
Harrison Industries is a proud sponsor of the Ventura Unified School District's 15th annual Festival of Talent on Feb. 27, where over 200 students from the district's elementary, middle and high schools will dazzle the audience with a variety of performing acts.

This year's theme is "Brand New Day," and there will be pianists, singing groups, dancing groups, martial artists demonstrations and who-knows what else? Preshow activities begin at 5:00 p.m., with the show beginning at 7 p.m.

Last year's Festival of Talent drew a crowd of 1,400 to the Ventura High Auditorium and the audience was certainly entertained. So join the fun at this year's event benefiting Ventura's kids. All proceeds go to a grant program through the Ventura Education Partnership, a nonprofit foundation that supports the school district. In 14 years, the festival has raised over $800,000 for Ventura Unified arts programs.

Tickets purchased in advance are $10 for general admission and $25 for VIP reserved seating. They are available at all school sites and online at Tickets are an additional $5 when purchased the day of the festival.
Carpinteria Chamber Recognizes Its Top Citizens and Businesses
Carpinterian of the Year Mary Crowley gives her acceptance speech.
Hundreds attended the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce's 58th annual Awards Banquet and Annual Meeting on Jan. 23. The event celebrates the best of Carpinteria - its volunteers, nonprofits, local businesses and the people who make this beautiful seaside city such a wonderful place to live.

About 20 Carpinterians were recognized with Chamber Certificates of Merit for their community work. Mary Crowley, who volunteers for countless Carpinteria causes, was named Carpinterian of the Year and Juan Alberto Hernandez, a senior at Carpinteria High School who is involved in several campus and off-campus activities, was selected Junior Carpinterian of the Year.

Meanwhile, Sandy Evans and Dennis Hultman were honored as the Chamber's Ambassadors of the Year for 2015. Procure was recognized as Large Business of the Year and The Food Liaison as Small Business of the Year. Congratulations to all!

Carpinteria is internationally recognized as home of the "World's Safest Beach." Harrison Industries is a Community Sponsor of the awards banquet and I serve on the Carpinteria Valley Chamber board, which gives me the opportunity to observe first-hand that Carpinteria is also home of some of the "Gold Coast's Greatest Citizens."
Opera and Theater Director Peter Sellars to Lead 70th Ojai Music Festival
Although it's still over three months away, it's not too early to think about getting tickets for the 70th annual Ojai Music Festival. It's set for June 9-12 under the stars at beautiful Libbey Bowl.

Artistic Director Thomas W. Morris has invited opera and theater director Peter Sellars to serve as Music Director. Sellars is noted for his unique contemporary stagings of classical and contemporary operas and plays. He is a professor at UCLA, where he teaches Art as Social Action and Art as Moral Action.

The event will feature new works by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, including her new chamber version of "The Passion of Simone," a meditation on the life of the French philosopher Simone Weil, written by Amin Maalouf and performed by soprano Julia Bullock.

Bullock will also be the center of a unique and poignant evening honoring the brilliance, daring, public courage and private tragedies of Josephine Baker, the American-born French dancer, singer and actress who came to be known in various circles as the "Black Pearl," "Bronze Venus" and even the "Creole Goddess" during the 1930s.

As a longtime corporate sponsor, Harrison Industries encourages music lovers of all kinds to attend this culturally enriching event. Series tickets are available now for $55 to $860. Single ticket sales will begin in the spring.

For ticket information, call 646-2053 or visit
Join in the Fun at St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 12
The Ventura County St. Patrick's Day Parade will march down Main Street for the 28th time in downtown Ventura on Saturday, March 12. This year's theme is, "Celebrating 150 Years of Ventura History," commemorating the city's incorporation on April 2, 1866. The fun begins at 10 a.m.

The organizing committee has lined up an impressive lineup of Grand Marshals for the parade: descendants of some of Ventura's historic families. They are:
  • Julie Tumamait-Stenslie, a Chumash Elder representing the native people of the area
  • Members of the E.J. Harrison family, descendants of Lt. Juan Moraga, a member of the DeAnza party, which founded the San Buenaventura Mission in 1782
  • Descendants of Don Raymundo Olivas, who built Ventura County's only remaining Monterey-style adobe home from the Rancho era between 1847-49
  • Descendants of the Smith-Hobson families. William Dewey Hobson is called "The Father of Ventura County" for his efforts to form the county in 1873
  • Descendants of E.P. Foster, who donated funds in 1921 for a building that originally housed both the public library and Ventura City Hall; and the Ventura County Fairgrounds
I love helping to organize this grand event with Ventura City Councilman Jim Monahan, former City Councilman Brian Brennan and the rest of the parade committee members. Represented by Ventura Elks Lodge #1430, the parade will have oodles of entries and will make its way down Main Street from the old Mission San Buenaventura, past the reviewing stand at Chestnut Street and on to the end of the parade route on Fir Street.

Do you want to participate in the parade? The committee is accepting entries. For more information, visit, call Jim Monahan at (805) 643-4275 or email me at

See you at the Ventura County St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 12, and don't forget to like us on Facebook!
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