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Join the Parade!

A Note of Thanks

Way to Go, Jim!

SCV Boys & Girls Club Auction a "Shanghai Night" to Remember

What's New in Recycling

CSUCI Luncheon Brings Students, Business Community Together

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Join the Parade!

Entries are being accepted for the 31st County Ventura St. Patrick's Day Parade, scheduled on Saturday, March 16, along Main Street in downtown Ventura. The parade starts at 10 a.m.

To be a part of the parade, visit the parade website and follow the simple, all-online registration process. Entry deadline is Thursday, March 7; only the first 100 entries will be accepted.

County Ventura St. Patrick's Day Parade is presented each year by Ventura Elks Lodge No. 1430. E.J. Harrison & Sons has been a sponsor since the first parade.

Last year's parade, which honored first responders in the wake of the devastating Thomas Fire, drew a record crowd in the thousands.

The 2019 parade theme is "Memories of the Past" and its very special grand marshal contingent will be an esteemed lineup of past grand marshals led by Jim Monahan. An exemplary civic leader including as a Ventura City Council member for an unprecedented 41 years until he stepped down last year, Monahan founded the St. Patrick's Day Parade and remains a co-chair of the parade committee, along with me and Brian Brennan.

The parade entry form and additional information are available at Parade committee contacts are Faye McDonald at or 805-340-7525; Tim O'Neil at or 805-320-3181; and Jim Monahan at or 805-643-4275.
A Note of Thanks
Henry Dubroff
I love what I do and who I work with, and it is humbling to be recognized for it. I am very grateful to Henry Dubroff, founder and owner of the Pacific Coast Business Times, for the many honors he and his publication have bestowed on me throughout its nearly 20-year history. Most recently, on Feb. 8, I was included with an incredible group of people on the PCBT's list of Who's Who in Business Leadership.

Founded in 2000 as the only weekly business journal serving Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, the PCBT is an invaluable regional resource. 

Congratulations to everyone on staff there for the fine product they produce every week, and a BIG shout-out to Henry for the vision that he's been making a reality for so long. I'm here to tell you, their work makes a difference.

To the Harrisons
I'd also like to thank the Harrison family for hiring me back in 1991 and for allowing me to represent them on so many business-driven boards, including the Ventura, Santa Paula and Carpinteria chambers of commerce, the Ventura County Economic Development Association and the Economic Development Collaborative, which I'm serving this year as vice chair.

The Harrisons' look-to-the-future attitude is in every aspect of their incredible business, now in its 87th year. The family has recycled since the 1930s, when E.J. and Myra Harrison were operating the business from their kitchen table - holding out anything they picked up that could be sold or bartered. The Harrisons' children and grandchildren who run the company today come by their excellence naturally, through generations of knowledge and that incredible work ethic. I'm so proud to work with them. 
Way to Go, Jim!
Front row, standing next to me, from left, are Ventura Councilmembers Jim Friedman and Christy Weir, acting Public Works Director Mary Joyce Ivers, Jim Monahan and Glenda Cardona, joined by Ventura city staff members at Monahan's new James Monahan Way sign, located just outside City Hall.

What a time to be Jim Monahan. The latest in a string of civic honors for our dear friend Jim came on Monday, Feb. 11, with the official dedication of James Monahan Way in Ventura. The newly named street is off Poli at the City Hall parking lot and the gateway to the fabulous Ventura Botanical Gardens.

The former mayor and 41-year Ventura City Council member takes in the view from his newly dedicated street sign.
The street designation was announced by Ventura City Councilwoman Christy Weir during a recent City Council meeting - Jim's final meeting as a Ventura councilman after an unprecedented 41 years of service, including as mayor. (He stepped down from the council last year, choosing not to seek reelection.)

Among other recent honors, Jim also accepted the 2018 Citizen of the Year Award from the Ventura Chamber of Commerce. As the 2017 Citizen of the Year, I was thrilled to pass the torch along to such a fine, deserving person.

The Harrisons' closeness to Jim is literally lifelong. The native Venturans all were born on Lewis Street in the Ventura Avenue area, and Ralph Harrison and Jim went to kindergarten together.

A personal note
We at Harrison would like to thank you, Jim, for your years of civic service and your endless community involvement, including as founder and leader of the beloved County Ventura St. Patrick's Day Parade and as an advocate for veterans and for the people of Ventura Avenue, among many other things.

And we'd like to congratulate you on this latest honor bestowed by the City Council. Ralph says: "Having been born on the same street as Jim, I know his love for Ventura is a forever thing. And I know he will continue to do good deeds for his hometown, and the Harrisons will be right there to help however we can."

We're all so very proud of you, Jim. Enjoy this wonderful time! 
SCV Boys & Girls Club Auction a 'Shanghai Night' to Remember
The Harrison party at the fun Boys & Girls Club auction included (standing with me, from left) Jenny Harrison, my daughter-in-law Bertha and my son Peter, and Patty and Lynn Harrison.
The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley's 15th annual auction and dinner was, as always, a lovely, fun event and a wonderful benefit for the nearly 2,000 youths and other community members who use the club.

With the theme "Shanghai Nights," the packed 2019 gala, held Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Saticoy Club, was a great success. The benefit raised lots of money for this vital club, and it was a special evening featuring a tribute honoring the Tom McGrath family.

Harrison Industries is an auction event sponsor, and a lot of us in the Harrison family attend each year to show our support. As usual, this year, between me and Jim Harrison, my son Peter and his wife Bertha, Ralph Harrison and his wife Jenny, and their sons and daughters-in-law Lynn and Patty Harrison and Ted and Mary Harrison, we really bid up the auction. We came away with some great items and it was a pleasure to know we were helping. Ultimately, of course, it is all about the kids.
What's New in Recycling
To better comply with state mandates, Gold Coast Recycling has just been retooled with new, state-of-the-art systems. The recycling process, pictured here, begins with bulk raw materials (at top) going into a hopper for prescreening and separation, as shown in the center photos. At bottom, separated materials (cardboard, glass, plastic, etc.) are formed into large bales for resale.
We're thrilled to announce the completion of a major systems upgrade at our Gold Coast Recycling facility in Ventura.

After a months-long installation process, we have now fully retooled our material sorting systems and enhanced our baling operations. The new, state-of-the-art equipment and its advanced technology allow our recycling efforts to be more productive, efficient and sustainable.

We work hard to stay ahead of the curve in the ever-changing world of recycling, but we do face challenges. Over the past year, our toughest challenge has been in the international marketplace led by China, which has imposed unattainably strict standards for accepting baled material, to as low as .5 percent of contamination. In response, we continue to seek new markets for our recyclable material.

We're also facing a series of recent state mandates that require high-volume commercial recycling - and especially organic waste recycling - even as we struggle to create the best facilities for these materials.

As we work diligently with our franchise partners and local businesses to heed these state mandates, we're also hard at work on two futuristic facilities projects: a 70-acre commercial compost center; and an innovative food-recovery facility, where organic waste can be wholly transformed into animal feed.

These are promising projects, though they obviously don't come for free. Our customers' typical rates will not be adequate for a formal food material program. We continue to grapple with the realities of what it will take to implement these laws of the land.

As always, we will keep you posted on our progress. Meanwhile, if you have any questions, we encourage you to call us at 805-647-1414, ext. 4125. 
CSUCI Luncheon Brings Students, Business Community Together
It was a beautiful afternoon of celebrating and sharing at the annual California State University Channel Islands Connection Luncheon.

Hosted on Thursday, Feb. 21, by the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce, the 90-minute event at Spanish Hills Country Club brought together local business leaders and university members. The keynote State of the University address was presented by CSUCI President Erika D. Beck. This was Beck's third annual State of the University address since she took over as president in August 2016.

Harrison Industries is a proud sponsor of the State of the University event, and Myron and George Harrison were among those attending this year and enjoying the wonderful lunch and update.

We appreciated the opportunity to meet some of today's best and brightest college faculty and students. Our thanks as always for the university's fine work in higher education and for the Camarillo Chamber's efforts in hosting this important event. 
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