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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All! 

Happy to Honor the Ventura Chamber's 2018 Citizen of the Year

FOOD Share Can-tree Drive Extra Special This Year

Event Honored Those Who've Helped Restore Serra Cross Park

Gold Coast Upgrade Nearing Completion

Thousand Oaks Comes Together for a Special State of the City

Harrisons Congratulate Local Election Winners

Tribute to Peter Foy Also Served As a Community Fundraiser

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All! 
(L to R) Myron, Jim & Ralph Harrison.

At this special time of the year, we would like to take a moment to express our heartfelt thanks to our customers and the communities we serve. With your help, we continue to advance in our recycling goals.

As we prepare to roll out a brand new, state-of-the-art recycling system at our Gold Coast facility in Ventura, we know that your cooperation over the years has brought us to this point, where we are truly making a difference in our communities and for our planet.
Entering our 87th year in business, we look forward to serving you in 2019 and in the years to come by providing you with the highest level of service.
We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a most prosperous 2019.

Myron, Jim & Ralph Harrison
Honoring the Ventura Chamber's 2018 Citizen of the Year
A wonderful moment nicely captured at the Poinsettia Awards Luncheon. Pictured from left are Ventura Chamber President and CEO Stephanie Caldwell, Jim Monahan, me handing off the award to Jim, and Ventura Chamber Board Chairman John Silva.

It was the perfect way to pass along my good fortune. A year after I was honored to accept the 2017 Citizen of the Year Award from the Ventura Chamber of Commerce, I got to officially pass the torch on Dec. 6 to the 2018 Citizen of the Year, Jim Monahan.

There is no one more deserving of this honor than Jim. After serving 41 years on the Ventura City Council, he stepped down this month, having chosen to not seek reelection. Over the decades, Jim has touched the community in so many ways it would be impossible to list them all. But the Harrison brothers tried their best in their great video presentation to Jim during the annual Poinsettia Awards Luncheon at the Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor Resort.

The Citizen of the Year Award presentation was the culmination of the Poinsettia Awards ceremony, which recognized the outstanding achievements of 17 businesses and individuals in our community.

This Poinsettia Awards luncheon was a wonderful way to honor those who are working hard to make a difference. We at Harrison are very proud to sponsor this popular, impactful event and, as a chamber board member,
I sat on the selction committee for the winners and was honored to do so with so many deserving companies nominated.

For the complete list of Poinsettia Award winners, visit the Ventura Chamber at
FOOD Share Can-tree Drive Extra Special This Year

We're honored to sponsor the wonderful Christmas CAN-tree food drive organized by Ventura County's FOOD Share food bank. This year's event was particularly special.

As usual, hundreds stopped by the CAN-tree drive  held the first weekend of December at Figueroa Plaza in downtown Ventura  to donate their canned food. By the end of the weekend, more than 200,000 pounds of food had been collected!

What made it super-special this year were the folks from more than 20 life-saving agencies and organizations who turned out to build and display their own CAN-trees ─ Christmas trees made out of the donated canned food. Those special agencies  from local fire and police departments to human and animal welfare groups  were invited so that FOOD Share could honor and thank them for their vital work in fighting and recovering from the devastating Thomas Fire, which erupted last December the day after the CAN-tree event ended.

We at Harrison had the honor of not only sponsoring this special benefit but having our own dedicated CAN-tree there. This event warms our hearts, and it thrills us to help those in need to have a happier, more fulfilling Christmas. Also, it was a treat to offer our personal thanks to the first responders who gave so much of themselves to fight that ghastly fire and to help our communities rebuild.
Event Honored Those Who've Helped Restore Serra Cross Park

On Dec. 2, a large group of donors and volunteers who have helped to restore the fire-ravaged Serra Cross Park in Ventura were honored by top local officials. We were proud to be in attendance.

The event took place at the historic hilltop landmark park, one year after the devastating Thomas Fire tore through it, destroying much of the foliage at the park and badly damaging its centerpiece: the iconic cross that stands sentry over the Pacific.

Ventura Mayor Matt LaVere, Police Chief Ken Corney and Fire Chief David Endaya were among the dignitaries who attended to offer their personal thanks. Chief Endaya gave a touching speech describing how local firefighters saved the burning cross during the devastating fire last December.

We were happy to join in this healing event. In the photo above at left, from left, David Harrison, Father Tom Elewaut (of Mission San Buenaventura) and Sandy, Cameron, Lynn and Patty Harrison were joined by Barbara Asbell, Christy Weir and Pete Dufau in front of the great cross. Barbara and Christy are on the Downtown Ventura Organization Board; Pete is the owner of Ventura-based Dufau Landscape,
which has contributed to the park project.

Among other major donors was our strategic partner Agromin Inc., which through company CEO Bill Camarillo donated all the organic material for the Serra Cross Park restoration.
Gold Coast Recycling Upgrade Progress Report
This drum feeder, where recyclable material separation begins, is among the many updated technologies of the new system, which should be fully operational in the coming weeks.
With the new systems installed and testing underway, we are just weeks away now from the grand reopening of our updated Gold Coast Recycling facility.

"We're wrapping things up, and we're on track for a full rollout in January," said Mike Harrison, engineering manager for Harrison Industries, which operates Gold Coast.

Ongoing for many months, this major upgrade includes the retooling of our material sorting systems and the enhancement of our baling operations at the Gold Coast facility in Ventura. The new, state-of-the-art equipment and its advanced technology will allow our recycling efforts to be more productive, efficient and sustainable.

Over these long months, it has taken a giant village around us to manage the upgrade without sacrificing any of our customer services. We owe huge thanks to Burrtec Waste Industries' Burbank Recycle Center, whose partnership allowed us to maintain all our relationships in the marketplace throughout this process.

And our deepest thanks go to the Gold Coast staff who had to shuttle daily to Burbank during the transition. We could not be more thankful to our entire Gold Coast team for their reliability and professionalism.

Stay tuned for more information on our grand reopening!
Thousand Oaks Comes Together for a Special State of the City
The Harrisons were well represented at the Thousand Oaks State of the City address, which was one of Mayor Andy Fox's final duties before stepping down after 24 years on the T.O. City Council. The new mayor, Rob McCoy, standing beside me in the photo at top right, took the gavel during the city council meeting that evening.

Consistently ranked among the 10 safest cities in America  and often at the top of the list  Thousand Oaks has been reeling from the one-two punch of a mass shooting and a devastating wildfire that just weeks ago tore at its very fabric.

It was against this backdrop that some 400 officials and residents joined together on Dec. 11 for an annual State of the City address that was unlike any other.

During his emotional keynote address, Mayor Andy Fox spent little time on the usual city metrics and a lot of time acknowledging the heroic actions of first responders, local businesses and his fellow citizens in the face of last month's dual tragedies  a mass shooting on Nov. 7 at the Borderline Bar & Grill that left 13 people dead, including a Ventura County sheriff's sergeant, and the Woolsey Fire that broke out the next day.

But the mayor  who recently retired as an assistant chief with the Los Angeles Fire Department  also spoke of his city's extreme resiliency, and of rebuilding and moving forward.

Having survived the devastating Thomas Fire a year ago in west Ventura County, we assured our friends and others we met at the Thousand Oaks event that there will be brighter tomorrows.
Harrisons Congratulate Local Election Winners
In Ventura, three new councilmembers were welcomed and the city bid farewell to some local legends - including Jim Monahan, who stepped down after 41 years on the council.

During ceremonies at City Hall, Camarillo Mayor Charlotte Craven, at left, welcomed the city's two new councilmembers: Susan Santangelo and Shawn Mulchay.
Welcome and congratulations to the newly elected councilmembers in the cities we serve, and a hearty thanks to the incumbents who continue their civic leadership. As always, we look forward to providing your constituents with trash and recycling services that are second to none. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know. We're here to serve.

In honoring all our local councilmembers, we offer a special tip of our hats to Jim Monahan, who retired this month after 41 years on the Ventura City Council. It's a historic run in the state of California and in the city of Ventura. With term limits, no one will ever beat this record and we just want to say a special thank you and farewell to Jim (pictured in the top right photo, at right).

County Supervisor Kelly Long was on hand to honor outgoing longtime councilman Mike Morgan.
Also of note: Bradley Stein stepped down this month after 28 years on the Carpinteria City Council, making him the longest-serving council member in that city's history; and, in Thousand Oaks, Andy Fox stepped down after 24 years on the city council   the past year as mayor. Our best wishes and congratulations to these remarkable civic leaders.

It is a special honor to serve your city as a councilmember; I consider my time on the Ventura City Council to be among the greatest highlights of my career.

Here are the new city council lineups in Camarillo, Carpinteria, Fillmore, Ojai, Thousand Oaks and Ventura; newly elected members' names are boldfaced:
  • Mayor Craven honored outgoing councilwoman Jan MacDonald, who was under the weather at the Dec. 5 event but attended to avoid ruining her perfect attendance record.
    CAMARILLO: Charlotte Craven, Kevin Kildee (mayor), Shawn Mulchay, Susan Santangelo and Tony Trembley (vice mayor).
  • CARPINTERIA: Gregg Carty, Al Clark (vice mayor), Roy Lee, Wade Nomura (mayor), and Fred Shaw.
  • FILLMORE: Mark Austin, Lynn Edmonds, Tim Holmgren (mayor pro tem), Diane McCall (mayor) and Manuel Minjares.
  • OJAI: Ryan Blatz, Suza Francina, Randy Haney, Johnny Johnston (mayor), and Bill Weirick.
  • THOUSAND OAKS: Al Adam (mayor pro tem), Claudia Bill-de la Peña, Bob Engler, Ed Jones (who returns to the council at age 88 after a 44-year absence that followed a four-year term ending in 1974), and Rob McCoy (mayor).
  • VENTURA: Lorrie Brown, Jim Friedman (who returns to the council after a 15-year absence that followed eight years of previous service), Cheryl Heitmann, Matt LaVere (mayor), Erik Nasarenko, Sofia Rubalcava (deputy mayor), and Christy Weir.
Tribute to Peter Foy Also Served As a Community Fundraiser
Every table was full (including the Harrisons', in the bottom right photo) at the Dec. 16 tribute event for outgoing Ventura County Supervisor Peter Foy. County Executive Officer Mike Powers, in the bottom left photo, was among the dignitaries who spoke during the moving event.

It was a touching evening, as a packed room lauded, applauded and thanked outgoing Ventura County 4th District Supervisor Peter Foy for his 12 years of service to the county.

"A Tribute to the Public Service of Ventura County Supervisor Peter Foy" took place on Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Reagan Library. All proceeds from the event will benefit the nonprofit Free Clinic of Simi Valley, which has provided mental health, medical and dental services and legal aid to the community since 1971.

Harrison Industries was a proud sponsor of this wonderful tribute event, and we were thrilled to attend and to honor a truly good and giving man. We wish Peter all the best.
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