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Gold Coast Recycling
SAVE THE DATE: Coastal Cleanup Day is
It's cleanup time again, along our beautiful coast.
The 34th California Coastal Cleanup
takes place on Saturday, Sept. 15. Sponsored by
the California Coastal Commission, the massive event has
been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as
the largest beach cleanup day on Earth.
As always, Harrison Industries urges you to join
the tens of thousands of people statewide who will take
part in the event, more than
1,000 sites. From 9 a.m. to noon on Sept.
15, 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're proud and happy to participate in this
important event by providing free trash and recycling
bin service at several sites in our service
We'll have bins delivered to multiple locations in
Camarillo, Ventura and Ojai. "We always help however we
can," said Peter Gutierrez, our recycling and special
events coordinator. "It's such a worthy
Each year, on this one day, some 1 million pounds
of trash and recyclable material is removed from
California's coast and inland waterways.
The greatest source of pollution (by far) is
cigarette butts, followed by plastic beverage bottles,
food wrappers and plastic bottle caps, in that order.
Also targeted during the cleanup are plastic bags,
straws and stirrers, glass beverage bottles, metal
bottle caps and plastic lids. The removal of these items
prevents them from polluting our ocean waters and
harming marine life.
We urge you to join in California Coastal Cleanup
Day, the state's largest annual volunteer event, which
takes place on the third Saturday of each September,
along more than 2,000 miles of coast and inland
And you can make your contribution even greater by
cutting down on the trash created at the cleanup; bring
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
Ventura County Remains
we didn't already know that Ventura County is a great
place to live and work, we'd have known it for sure
after attending the annual State of the County
County Executive Officer Mike Powers offered a rosy
outlook in his address to the more than 170 people who
attended the State of the County luncheon on July 19 at
the Courtyard by Marriott in Oxnard. It was my pleasure
to attend and represent Harrison Industries
upbeat event, along with Myron, Ralph and George
Harrison and Bill Camarillo.
"The county is strong," Powers said, in declaring
that the Ventura County government has little projected
growth in spending, a stable workforce and growing
In his presentation, Powers provided a summary of
the Ventura County Board of Supervisors' leadership over
the past year, which has resulted in, among other
things: a balanced budget; strengthened services;
investments in facilities, technology, people and
innovative new programs; a AAA long-term credit rating;
a $51 million increase in the "rainy-day fund" over the
past six years; and advanced engagement with the
community. All wonderful
Fourth of July Fun Throughout the
The Harrisons once again sponsored a number of
Independence Day events in the areas we serve. It's one of our
favorite holidays and we take great joy in helping bring
Fourth of July celebrations to our communities. Here are a few
It's a true pleasure for us every year
to sponsor and attend the city of Fillmore's fantastic Fourth
of July fireworks display at Fillmore Middle School - preceded
by the city's annual daylong Chili Cook-Off & Beer Fest
held at Central Park in downtown Fillmore.
Organized by ICS Chili, the festival is a beautiful
blend of food, fun and Fourth of July pride. And what better
way to commemorate the Fourth than with chili, a beer garden,
live music, cornhole and Fillmore & Western train rides,
all topped off by fireworks? Well ... it could take place
right next to a world-class car show - which in fact it does:
The 32nd annual Sespe Creek Car Show ran right next to the
festival all day on the Fourth.
Thanks to all the
wonderful folks of Fillmore for another fantastic
And speaking of car shows ... we also were honored to once
again sponsor and attend the terrific Rods and Roses classic
car show in Carpinteria.
The 21st annual event is held
each year around Independence Day on historic Linden Avenue.
It took place this year from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June
30, with about 12,000 in attendance.
Over the years, the Harrisons have enjoyed sharing their
vintage cars at the popular community car show event, which
definitely puts the fun in fundraiser. Since Rods and Roses
began in 1997, it has raised funds each year to support local
nonprofit youth organizations such as Future Farmers of
America, Carpinteria Cares for Youth, Hope Net and the
Carpinteria Education Foundation.
important to the Harrisons to support organizations and
programs that benefit local children. Rods and Roses is a
great way for the family to share their love of classic cars
and support Carpinteria's
And of course, our Fourth of July would
not be complete without the Ventura Rotary Club's Fireworks
Show & Family Picnic at Ventura College.
We're a longtime proud sponsor of this annual
community gathering on the college's sprawling athletic
fields. Every July 4, it's a big, beautiful celebration that
draws thousands together to relax under balmy summer skies and
enjoy food, family, entertainment and a dazzling fireworks
However you celebrated, we hope you all had a
safe, sane and special Fourth of
Camarillo Expo Brings Business Community
Hearty thanks to the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce
another wonderful business fair.
The chamber's annual
Summer Business Expo once again provided a great opportunity
for business leaders to showcase their products and services,
and to network with each other and the community. We're happy
to sponsor this popular event and to be there, to meet and
chat with the public, to answer their questions and keep them
informed about Harrison Industries' services.
recycling coordinator, Peter Gutierrez, was on hand at the
expo, which took place at the Camarillo Public Library, and he
thoroughly enjoyed the venue. Library patrons of all ages,
including young children, came by to chat with Peter and to
learn about the changing world of recycling. We really
appreciated the library setting, which turned this community
event into an impactful evening of youth outreach.
addition to meeting lots of very kind folks at the expo, which
ran from 4 to 7 p.m. on June 19 in the library's community
room, we got to sample some delicious local restaurant menu
items and draw for prizes. After the expo, many attendees
stayed to explore the library, including the Russell Fischer
Business Collection on the second floor.
to the chamber for putting on this terrific event - and for
all its efforts as a business resource in the Camarillo area.
The chamber is an association of businesses, organizations,
and educational and government groups; its 500-plus members
employ about 20,000 people in the Camarillo area. Visit the
chamber at www.camarillochamber.org
Milestone Golf Classic Benefits Local
The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara
presented its 15th annual Golf Classic on Monday,
June 25, at The Saticoy Club.
The sold-out tournament
was a smashing success, drawing hundreds out to play on a
gorgeous, 75-degree day and raising thousands of dollars for
the vital community youth club.
Founded in 1949, the
Boys & Girls Club of SCV provides daily access to safe,
supervised activities that guide area children to become
productive, responsible and caring citizens. More than 1,650
youths and community members use the club.
Industries is a proud sponsor of the club and a major sponsor
of its annual golf classic, and we were happy to have a
foursome in the tournament. Big thanks to the planning
committee for getting everything right, on this special day
Ventura Chamber Invites Business Community to 'Think
The Ventura business community came
together on a recent Thursday morning to share breakfast and
the big picture.
The Ventura Chamber of Commerce's
annual summer economic outlook conference provided an overview
of economic trends and opportunities in Ventura. The two-hour
event drew a sellout crowd to the Four Points by Sheraton
Ventura Harbor Resort.
The theme was "Think Big."
Presenters included Chamber Board Member Joey Zumaya, who is
public sector manager for LinkedIn. The professional
networking giant has a strong presence on the Central Coast
since its purchase in 2015 of Carpinteria-based
Also, 2018 Chamber Board Chairman John
Silva spoke in his role as president and senior creative
director of the DuPuis Group, a major branding and marketing
company that's known for its creative, progressive approach to
Other presentations came from Ray
Bowman, from the Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura
County, who discussed entrepreneurism; and Erick Went of
Matter Labs, who helped participants "think big." Matter Labs
is a California-based think tank, startup studio and
innovative consulting firm specializing in emerging
There also was a community Good News
segment, in which a number of speakers announced projects
happening in Ventura.
All in all, it was a remarkable
event. Jim Harrison and I attended to represent E.J. Harrison & Sons
get inspired, which we did.
As a member of the Ventura
Chamber board, I am always impressed with the impact this
organization has on its local business