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A Special Note as We Give Thanks

Looking Forward to a Special Poinsettia Awards

Great Thanks to Ventura Mayor Neal Andrews

Boys & Girls Club Gala a Feel-Good, Do-Good Event

Gold Coast Recycling Upgrade Progress Report

This Year's Thousand Oaks State of the City Address Takes on New Meaning

Economic Forecaster Peers Into Future at Camarillo Chamber Event

Local Business Collaborative Gets a Big Boost from the State

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A Special Note as We Give Thanks 

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 serve. 

Through all, we wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.
Looking Forward to a Special Poinsettia Awards

The Ventura Chamber's annual 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.

Jim Monahan
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 Committee. He's also known citywide for his work advocating 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 its citizens.

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 ways.

The 2018 event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor Resort. To purchase tickets and for more details, visit or email
Great Thanks to Ventura Mayor Neal Andrews

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 efforts.

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 gratitude.
Boys & Girls Club Gala a Feel-Good, Do-Good Event

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 Ventura 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.

As 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 people.
 Visit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura online for more information about its programs.
Gold Coast Recycling Upgrade Progress Report
This single combo screen was dismantled to make way for the new equipment.
The transition continues at our Gold Coast Recycling facility, 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 Ventura
This Year's Thousand Oaks State of the City Address Takes on New Meaning
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 or email Danielle Borja at
Economic Forecaster Peers Into Future at Camarillo Chamber Event
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 Club.

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
Local Business Collaborative Gets a Big Boost from the State
Congratulations to the Economic Development Collaborative of Ventura County! 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 sustainability.

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 counties.

For more on the EDCVC, visit or call 805-384-1800. 
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