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Harrison Industries Celebrates 85th Anniversary
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
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
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.
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce
held its annual State of the Community luncheon on April 21 at Rincon Beach.
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
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
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