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Myron Harrison is Bestowed the Title as Don in Camarillo
Join the Crowd for Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 17
VCEDA to Host 46th Business Outlook Conference on Sept. 22
Cleanup Effort Removes 2 Tons of Trash from Carpinteria Bluffs
Camarillo Chili Cook-Off Spices Up Labor Day Weekend
Harrison, Gold Coast Recycling Help Solve the Case of the Missing Tire
1,000 Athletes to Take the Dive on Sept. 25 at Carpinteria Triathlon
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Myron Harrison is Bestowed the Title as Don in Camarillo
Myron Harrison (2nd from the right, back row) and several of the other Camarillo dons and doñas honored this year.

Congratulations to Harrison Industries Vice President Myron Harrison for being named a don by the Pleasant Valley Historical Society. Myron was one of nine honored with the prestigious don and doña designation at a barbecue at the Camarillo Community Center on Aug. 20.

The don and doña tradition has gone on for 51 years and honors Camarillo-area residents who have a long history of community involvement.

Myron has been very involved in many of the Boys & Girls Clubs in Ventura County but none more so than with the Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo as a board member and continuing today as an advisor. He was recently named a Life Member of the Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo's Board of Directors.

Myron serves as Chief Financial Officer at Harrison Industries, responsible for the day-to-day finances and the administrative offices. Myron puts together loan packages for projects and oversees billing, accounts payable and receivable, and the ordering of new equipment and materials. He also oversees company investments, purchases and insurance policies.

Congratulations also to this year's other Camarillo dons and doñas: Paul Dwork, Bruce Fuhrman, Michael Ann Rockenstein, Donald L. Seidler, Dr. Priscilla L. Partridge de Garcia, Stella Ling, Roland Glover and Don Valenzano. Congratulations and thanks for making Camarillo the wonderful community it is!
Join the Crowd for Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 17
The 32nd California Coastal Cleanup Day, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest beach cleanup day, is set for Saturday, Sept. 17.

Harrison Industries urges you to join about 70,000 others statewide who will be taking part in the event. From 9 a.m. to noon, volunteers will remove debris from the coast, creeks, rivers, lakes and shorelines throughout California, protecting wildlife from harm while taking care of our environment.

We are happy to participate in this worthwhile cause by providing free trash and recycling bin service at several sites in Ventura, Camarillo, Ojai and Carpinteria. Come on out to one of approximately 20 cleanup sites in Ventura County. Carpinteria-area sites include Carpinteria State, Jelly Bowl and Santa Claus Lane beaches as well as Carpinteria, Santa Monica and Franklin creeks.

Last year, more than 68,000 people removed 1,142,997 pounds of trash and recyclable material from California's coast and inland waterways. Thousands of cigarette butts and lots of plastic bags, as well as other trash, were removed and prevented from going out to sea where they would have had a negative effect on marine life.

You can make your contribution even greater and cut down on the trash created at the Cleanup by bringing your own reusable supplies (water bottle, gardening gloves, trash bucket, etc.). Safety is a top priority for any beach cleanup, so wear a hat, sunscreen, gloves, and closed-toe shoes.

For all local participating beaches and waterways in Ventura County, visit Carpinterians can visit

VCEDA to Host 46th Business Outlook Conference on Sept. 22
As an executive board member of the Ventura County Economic Development Association, I highly recommend community members, particularly business owners, attend VCEDA's 46th annual Business Outlook Conference on Thursday, Sept. 22. It will be held at the Tower Club, 300 E. Esplanade Drive in Oxnard, and it will run from 7:15 a.m. to noon.

The conference, titled "Maintaining Our Quality of Life While Encouraging Economic Growth...How Do We Find the Balance?" will explore solutions to the challenges businesses face in this region, as well as strategies and perspectives on how to grow your business while maintaining balance and creating a healthy economic climate that supports a high quality of life.

As I work with elected officials and business leaders seeking solutions to pressing economic issues facing Ventura County, I am convinced that by creating a better communication link we can work together more effectively to achieve common goals. One of this year's keynote speakers, founding CEO Tracy Hernandez of BizFed, has developed an effective way to do this! Come and hear her explain how to develop this structure in Ventura County. Fiona Ma, chair of the California Francise Tax Board, is the other co-keynote speaker.

Industry leader presentations also will feature expert speakers, including Panorea Avdis, director of the California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz); Matthew Fienup, economist at California Lutheran University's Center for Economic Research and Forecasting; and Bruce Stenslie, president and CEO of the Economic Development Collaboration of Ventura County.

Henry Dubroff, founder/editor of the Pacific Coast Business Times, will moderate a panel of prominent leaders from various business sectors who will candidly discuss strategies for success and balance in today's business world.

Tickets are $75 for VCEDA members and $100 for non-members. Call Michelle Johnson, event coordinator, at (805) 676-1332 for reservations or register online at
Cleanup Effort Removes 2 Tons of Trash from Carpinteria Bluffs
Citizens for the Carpinteria Bluffs and the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County held their third annual Cleanup Day on Aug. 27, and Harrison Industries was happy to donate the use of a 40-yard roll-off trash bin to the effort.

About 60 people removed 4,380 pounds of trash from the bluffs - that's 2.19 tons! Items pulled out by volunteers included at least five rusty box springs, a couple of tires, a handful of broken chairs and a water heater.

Jennifer Stroh of the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County wants to acknowledge company employees of Deckers and Procore Technologies as well as members of Carpinteria Beautiful, Citizens for the Carpinteria Bluffs and the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County for their hard work. She also thanks Procore Technologies for water and snacks, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf for hot coffee, and the Home Improvement Center for gloves and trash bags.

"It was a great success," Stroh reported, "and we couldn't have done it without the help from Harrison."

Thanks, Jennifer. We were glad to help out!
Camarillo Chili Cook-Off Spices Up Labor Day Weekend
Things got spicy in Camarillo over the Labor Day weekend as the city held its 8th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Music Festival. Thousands of locals and visitors attended this fun-filled community event at Camarillo Ranch. According to organizers there were 20 red chili entries, 12 chili verde entries and 13 salsa entries. What a hot event!

The festival offered much more than just delicious chili from a number of vendors. The Pleasant Valley Lions Club held a barbecue with plenty of beer, wine and soft drinks. Guests also enjoyed a Classic Car Display and Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament in the Camarillo Ranch barn as well as a special fun and games zone for the kids. Musical entertainment was provided by the Uptown Brothers, the Ventucky String Band and the Mighty Cash Cats.

Harrison Industries is a proud Serrano Sponsor of the Chili Cook-Off and Music Festival that raised about $65,000 for Camarillo Hospice, a volunteer hospice and grief support center dedicated to the dignity of life by providing care, comfort, support and counseling to individuals and families facing a life-limiting illness and/or grieving the loss of a loved one.

To learn more about the great work being done by Camarillo Hospice, call 389-6870 or visit
Harrison, Gold Coast Recycling Help Solve the Case of the Missing Tire
A missing tire had Harrison Industries customer Bob Williams scratching his head. In August he was restoring his Honda CRX and removed two of his tires to have their rims straightened.

Bob said he was off having one of the tires repaired, but upon returning to his garage he discovered its mate missing. Bob noted his garage has a steep driveway approach, so it occurred to him that maybe, just maybe, the missing tired had rolled down the slope and into the street. He checked around the neighborhood and learned that indeed a neighbor had found the tire, believed it to be discarded, and tossed it in his green trash bin for pickup.

Bob explained the situation in an email to George Harrison, general manager of Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station. He attached a photo of its mate's rim and asked, "Any chance that through the separation of trash that it might have been set aside and be recoverable?"

George invited Bob to come to Gold Coast and took him to the large pile of collected tires at the facility. "I was just about to give up when I saw something. Went over, flipped the wheel and, lo and behold, found it. A little worse for wear, but good enough to use and that's all I could ask for."

Bob emailed George again, saying, "Thank you, George, for helping me out."

On behalf of George, Harrison Industries and Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station, we say heartily, "You're welcome." And we appreciate your kind words!
1,000 Athletes to Take the Dive on Sept. 25 at Carpinteria Triathlon
Harrison Industries encourages everyone to rise bright and early on Sunday, Sept. 25, to cheer for the 1,000 men and women of all ages who will be putting their swimming, bicycling and running skills to the test in the 19th annual Carpinteria Triathlon at Carpinteria State Beach. The fun begins at 7:30 a.m.

Contestants choose between two courses from which to compete. The Olympic course incorporates a 1.5 kilometer swim, a 40 kilometer bike ride and a 10 kilometer run; the Sprint course is comprised of a half-K swim, a 15K bike ride and a 5K run. The run course winds through some Carpinteria neighborhoods, so there are plenty of places to support these dedicated athletes.

We are a longtime sponsor of this inspiring community event by providing free trash and recycling collection. Proceeds go to the City of Carpinteria's Parks and Recreation youth programs, including After School at the Pool, Aqua Camp and Junior Lifeguards.

The Carpinteria Triathlon requires the assistance of more than 170 community volunteers. There are many opportunities to help with this fun event. For more information or to sign up, contact Ann Meyer at, or call her at 684-5405, ext. 432.
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