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Harrison Industries Celebrates 85th Anniversary, Unveils CNG Station

Harrisons Honored at 23rd Ventura Music Festival's Cabaret

The 71st Ojai Music Festival Features Music for Everyone

Harrisons Donate to Nyeland Acres Community Center

Carpinterians Receive Annual Updates at 'State of Community' Luncheon

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Harrison Industries Celebrates 85th Anniversary

Harrison Industries is celebrating its 85th anniversary, and we used the milestone to unveil our state-of-the art compressed natural gas fueling station with 26 pumps at the company's Saticoy yard on May 2.

The Harrison family would like to thank the many state, county and city lawmakers and administrators, as well as the local Chambers of Commerce officials and community partners who joined our celebration.

Dignitaries included: Ventura County Supervisors Steve Bennett, Peter Foy, Kelly Long and John Zaragoza; Ventura County Executive Officer Michael Powers; Ventura City Councilmembers Mike Tracy, Cheryl Heitmann, Jim Monahan, Matt LaVere and Christy Weir; Ventura City Manager Mark Watkins; Ventura Police Chief Ken Corney and Community Development Director Jeff Lambert; and Ventura Port District Commissioner Brian Brennan.  

Also attending were Camarillo Council Members Charlotte Craven and Mike Morgan; Camarillo City Manager Dave Norman; Carpinteria Mayor Fred Shaw and Carpinteria City Manager Dave Durflinger; Thousand Oaks Councilman Rob McCoy; Ojai City Councilman William Weirick and Fillmore City Manager David Rowlands. Representatives of Congresswoman Julia Brownley, State Senators Hannah Beth Jackson and Henry Stern and Assemblywomen Jacqui Irwin and Monique Limone also were there to present proclamations. Others presenting certificates were the cities of Fillmore, Camarillo, Ventura, Ojai, Carpinteria and the County of Ventura; Joyce Donaldson of the Carpinteria Chamber of Commerce; and Nicole Ipach, vice president of University Advancement at California State University Channel Islands.

I hope everyone found the event to be informative. We handed out packets of information about the new laws that are now governing the trash/recycling industry. Sean Wine from Clean Energy told the audience that from October through April, Harrison trucks using CNG fuel have eliminated 115 metric tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent produced by 24 automobiles. He added that Harrison President Ralph Harrison is a true leader in the field of fuels and trash trucks.

Through Harrison's recycling activities and managing 412,000 tons of solid waste, a total of 12,237 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent was emitted primarily through fuel combustion and electricity. Harrison still netted net zero emissions because of the recycling activities, the composting of organics, and the use of clean fuel. Harrison avoided 206,361 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions, which means that Harrison avoids 17 times the emissions they generate from their operations. That translates to about the same as what is emitted from 43,590 passenger cars over a year.

Harrison Industries has long been working to reduce its impact on climate change by understanding its carbon footprint. In 2003 Harrison opened the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling station in western Ventura County. We have also added 33 LNG-dedicated and 15 CNG-dedicated trucks to the fleet and three more are on order. CNG is a highly efficient and reliable low-carbon fuel for material collection vehicles. 

With the help of its new CNG fueling station, Harrison Industries is succeeding in meeting the requirements of state Assembly Bill 32 - the California Global Warming Solution Act of 2006 - which established a comprehensive program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from all sources throughout the state to 1990 levels by the year 2020.

Following the ceremony, attendees feasted on In-N-Out hamburgers and 85th anniversary cake. It was a wonderful day that reinforced our commitment to "Zero Waste" and cleaner air!

Also, a big thanks to Ventura Chamber President and CEO Stephanie Caldwell, who organized the ribbon cutting and spoke at the ceremony.
Harrisons Honored at 23rd Ventura Music Festival's Cabaret

Harrison Industries was honored for being a longtime sponsor of the Ventura Music Festival at the festival's second annual Cabaret on April 20 at the Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor Resort. The Cabaret is a wonderful fundraising event that benefits the Ventura Music Festival's Young Artists Fund.

Harrison President Ralph Harrison and Vice Presidents Myron Harrison and Jim Harrison were happy to accept a plaque from Ventura Music Festival Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta recognizing the Harrisons' contribution as well as for celebrating their 85th year in business. The Cabaret also honored Doug Halter of Halter Landscape for his extraordinary contributions to the community and the arts.

Members of the Harrison family, which has sponsored the festival since its inception in 1994, were out in force at the Cabaret. Ralph Harrison and wife Jenny, Myron Harrison and wife Sharon, Jim Harrison and I, General Manager Lynn Harrison and wife Patty, and Gold Coast Recycling General Manger George Harrison and wife Danielle bought a table and were active bidders at the live auction.

Many of the Harrisons' friends also attended and were active bidders, making sure that our young artists of tomorrow are well funded. Among them were Kevin Voss of Rush Trucking, Maribel Ramos of Toter Barrels, Bill Kearney of Merrill Lynch, Steve Shinsky of City National Bank, Greg Van Ness of Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services, and Bill Camarillo of Agromin and his wife Darlene.

The Cabaret also featured a dazzling singing performance by Billy Valentine, whose smooth singing style was inspired by Otis Redding, Nat King Cole and Carmen McRae. He had the audience in the palm his hand. What an incredible voice!

Make plans to attend the 23rd annual Ventura Music Festival set for July 14-16 and July 21-23. The festival offers two weekends of great classical, jazz and genre-defying music performed by world-class artists. Call 648-3146 or visit
The 71st Ojai Music Festival Features Music for Everyone
Vijay Iyer, Music Director
Beautiful music is everywhere in Ventura County. Coming up soon is the 71st annual Ojai Music Festival. It's set for June 8-11 under the stars at Libbey Bowl.

Names new to Ojai - including the Brentano Quartet and violinist Jennifer Koh - and some familiar groups like the International Contemporary Ensemble will be featured.

Highlights include several works by Music Director Vijay Iyer, including the world premiere of his "Violin Concerto," written for and performed by Koh; the American premiere of his "Emergence" for trio and ensemble; and "Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi," a 37-minute Hindu festival film by Prashant Bhargava, for which Iyer wrote the music. Other highlights include the West Coast premiere of the opera "Afterword" by George Lewis and the world premiere of the chamber version of "Yet Unheard" by Courtney Bryan.

The festival also features talks with the musicians and two daybreak concerts at Besant Hill School featuring Jen Shyu on June 9 and Nicole Mitchell on June 10. There are also free late-night concerts, with Koh performing "Bach and Beyond" on June 9 and Iyer and the Brentano Quartet performing June 10, followed by "Yet Unheard" later that evening. A free community concert will be held the morning of June 11.

As a longtime corporate sponsor, Harrison Industries encourages music lovers of all kinds to attend this culturally enriching event. Series passes range from $140 to $860 for reserved seating. Lawn passes start at $60. For more ticket information, call 646-2053 or visit
Harrisons Donate to Nyeland Acres Community Center 
Harrison Vice President Jim Harrison, with Kelly Long, County of Ventura Supervisor - District 3.
The Nyeland Acres Community Center, operated by the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme, has been renovated. Improvements included resurfacing the center's parking lot, painting hallways and doors, a new surface for the basketball court, landscaping, refurbishing restrooms and installing windows and a sidewalk.

On April 2, Ventura County Supervisor John Zaragoza emceed a grand opening of the refurbished center that is vital to the low-income community in unincorporated Ventura County.  More than 100 school-age children are enrolled in the Boys & Girls Club programs that operate at the center, with about 85 showing up daily. About 150 attend each day in the summer.

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors purchased the property from the Rio School District, which discounted the cost of the building and park on a two-acre site at 3334 Santa Clara Ave. 

Ventura County Supervisor John Zaragoza (second from left) at the grand opening with George Harrison, Myron Harrison and Jim Harrison.
The board invested $464,000 for the property and improvements. Donations of cash and contractor-donated work added an additional $81,000.

Harrison Industries is happy to donate funds over the next five years to help maintain the center. Harrison Vice Presidents Myron Harrison and Jim Harrison, along with Gold Coast Recycling Center General Manager George Harrison and I, helped to celebrate the grand opening. 
Also present were Ventura County Executive Officer Michael Powers, Ventura County Supervisor Kelly Long and Mark Lunn, County Clerk and Recorder/Registrar of Voters.

It's a beautiful center and I hope it thrives for many years to come!
Carpinterians Receive Annual Updates at 'State of Community' Luncheon
Harrison General Manager Lynn Harrison (left) gives a bag of Agromin garden soil to Carpinteria Mayor Fred Shaw.
The Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce held its annual State of the Community luncheon on April 21 at Rincon Beach. Harrison Industries is a sponsor of the event, which highlighted the impacts of Caltrans' Linden-Casitas Overpass Project, the scarcity of real estate in Carpinteria Valley, water conservation, and the strong economy.

Mayor Fred Shaw told the crowd that though the city is now on strong financial footing, the toll of aging infrastructure could be problematic in the future. He noted that the city has been adding about $500,000 annually to the street repair fund but will need to increase that amount to $1 million or more to keep local roads in good shape.

Attendees also learned from Caltrans representative Kirstin Ayars that over the next four years, Caltrans will alter the flow of traffic through Carpinteria with its Linden-Casitas Overpass Project, the key elements of which are wider overpasses and the extension of Via Real from Carpinteria Creek to Linden Avenue. 

A lot was covered during this informative event, including that even though Carpinteria has received about 135 percent of its average rainfall, Carpinteria's three water supplies remain highly taxed and Carpinterians are still being asked to conserve water.

All in all, it was a mixed bag of news for Carpinterians, but the future of their beautiful city is promising. Harrison Vice President Jim Harrison, General Manager Lynn Harrison, Sales Manager David Harrison and I attended, and in honor of Earth Day on April 22 we handed out bags of Agromin garden soil after the luncheon.
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