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A Special Note as We Give
This holiday season, we offer especially
heartfelt wishes for strength to all, as our greater
community continues to cope with the recent tragedies
that have enveloped us.
From the senseless loss
of life at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks,
where a dozen people including a law-enforcement officer
died in a mass shooting on Nov. 7, to the loss of at
least three lives, 1,100-plus structures and tens of
thousands of acres in the massive Woolsey fire that
erupted the next day in the same area, this has been a
supremely trying time.
As we did a year ago, after the Thomas Fire
powered through west Ventura County and beyond,
destroying hundreds of homes and hundreds of thousands
of acres, we will grieve and then we will rebuild. And
we at Harrison will once again be here, committed to use
our resources to help the communities that we
Through all, we wish you a safe and
happy Thanksgiving holiday with family and
Looking Forward to a Special Poinsettia
The Ventura Chamber's
Poinsettia Awards luncheon is always a truly stellar
year-end event - and it's one that we at Harrison are
very proud to sponsor and, as a chamber board member, I
am happy to help plan. This year's Poinsettia Awards on
Dec. 6 will have extra special meaning to us in the
Harrison family, as we have the honor of presenting the
Citizen of the Year Award to a dear friend of ours and
of Ventura: City Councilman Jim Monahan.
We'll have a video presentation made by the
Harrisons, and, as last year's Citizen of the Year, I
will have the personal honor of handing the award to
such a deserving man.
After 41 years as a Ventura City Council member,
Jim will officially step down next month, having chosen
to not seek reelection this year. Jim has touched the
community in so many ways over so many decades, it would
be impossible to list them all. But we can tell you,
among the many ways he's been near and dear to us has
been in his enthusiastic leadership and work on
the St. Patrick's Day Parade
. He's also known citywide for his wor
for veterans and the homeless. I loved serving on the
Ventura City Council with him and learned to truly
appreciate and understand his great love for Ventura and
What a deserving recipient of the Citizen of the
Year Award. We can't wait to see Jim on the 6th and we
hope the entire community joins us there!
The annual Poinsettia Awards recognize outstanding
achievements of businesses and individuals who make a
difference in the Ventura community, in a variety of
Great Thanks to Ventura Mayor Neal
Our hats are off to Ventura Mayor Neal Andrews for
his boundless work over the years on behalf of our
homeless population. And thanks to the Ventura Social
Services Task Force for gathering together the dozens of
citizens who attended a recent Ventura City Council
meeting to officially recognize Neal's
The City Council's longtime liaison to the
nonprofit task force, Neal (at center in the photo
above) will step down next month after 17 years on the
council. But first, he earned every kudos he received at
the start of the Oct. 15 council meeting, from a plaque
presented by the task force to a proclamation by Oxnard
City Councilwoman Carmen Ramirez to the praise from many
citizens who stood up to recognize Neal's selfless work
advocating for resources to help the homeless.
With a background in healthcare, Neal has worked
for more than a quarter century on homelessness and
related mental health issues affecting our community.
Arriving in Ventura County in 1981, he worked with the
county for five years and then went into the private
sector, ending his career as a consultant for healthcare
agencies. We owe him our deepest
Boys & Girls Club Gala a Feel-Good, Do-Good
Just as advertised, it was an
evening of good food, good people and good conversation, all
for a good cause: supporting the community's youth.
The 51st annual Great Futures
Gala & Auction to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater
took place on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Four
Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor Resort. With the theme
"Havana Nights," the packed event was a beautiful, colorful
scene, celebrating the nonprofit club and helping to raise
funds for its vital programs for local youths.
We are a major sponsor of
this annual fundraiser, where we fill three tables, and David
Harrison is a member of the Boys & Girls Club Board of
Directors. This year, we were extremely honored to be
recognized by the group for our commitment and sponsorship.
Ralph and Myron Harrison are shown above, at right in the
center photo, standing at the podium to accept the honor on
behalf of Harrison Industries.
always, we're thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful event
and so worthy an organization that is dedicated to making our
community a better and safer place for our young
Visit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater
online for more information about its
Gold Coast Recycling Upgrade Progress
transition continues at our Gold Coast Recycling
where we're in the process of installing new, state-of-the-art
equipment and systems that will make our recycling operation
more productive, efficient and green. Plans are on track for a
grand opening early next year.
The major upgrade at the Ventura facility includes the
retooling of our material sorting systems and the enhancement
of our baling operations.
We're very excited about the upgrade and we're extremely
thankful to our employees, from our drivers to everyone at Gold Coast
, for coming together to
help keep our day-to-day operations running smoothly during
this complex, months-long process. With their help, we have
been able to serve our customers seamlessly.
Opened in 1990, Gold Coast
serves the recycling
needs of residents and businesses in Ventura County's
unincorporated areas, the Channel Islands Beach Community
Services District and the cities of Thousand Oaks, Camarillo,
Ventura, Ojai and Fillmore as well as the Santa Barbara County
city of Carpinteria, at its facility on Colt Street in
This Year's Thousand Oaks State of the City Address Takes
Always an important event, the annual
Thousand Oaks State of the City Address and Luncheon will take
on a special urgency this year in the wake of the tragedies
that have besieged the area in recent weeks.
The 2018 address is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 11, at
California Lutheran University. Thousand Oaks Mayor Andy Fox
will be the keynote speaker.
As a sponsor of this vital event by the city of Thousand
Oaks and the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber, we strongly urge
everyone in the area to attend, as the community joins
together in the wake of the Borderline mass shooting and the
fires that have ravaged the region.
Generally held as an opportunity for city officials to
discuss accomplishments of the past year and plans for the
year ahead, the State of the City address this year will
undoubtedly tread beyond the usual territory to provide vital
information and support to everyone whose lives have been
upended by the series of catastrophic events.
The Dec. 11 address and luncheon will run from 11:30 a.m.
to 1:30 p.m. in the Gilbert Sports & Fitness Center at
CLU, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. To purchase tickets or
for more information, visit conejochamber.org or email
Danielle Borja at email@example.com
Economic Forecaster Peers Into Future at Camarillo
It was a frank, informative
and positive look into the future when business forecaster
Mark Schniepp spoke on Nov. 1 at the Camarillo Chamber's 2018
Economic Outlook Luncheon at Spanish Hills Country
We're proud to sponsor this important, educational and
popular event, and Jim, George and Myron Harrison and I were
happy to be in attendance.
According to Schniepp, director of the California
Economic Forecast, the outlook in our state is pretty rosy.
Californians are in the middle of an economic growth period
that will remain recession-proof for a long while as the
economy remains buoyant a decade after we began our national
recovery from the last financial crisis.
Thanks to the chamber for hosting this excellent event at
beautiful Spanish Hills in Camarillo. For more on Schniepp's
forecast, visit californiaforecast.com
Local Business Collaborative Gets a Big Boost from the
Congratulations to the Economic Development Collaborative of
! As a member of the Camarillo-based EDC's
board, I am thrilled to announce that the collaborative has
been awarded $475,000 in new funding from the state for the
enhancement and expansion of its services and programs,
promoting and supporting local business growth and
The money comes from the Governor's Office of Business
and Economic Development and the California Small Business
Development Center Network. This funding doubles the EDC Small
Business Development Center's capacity to serve the business
communities of Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles