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Gold Coast Recycling
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to
(L to R) Myron, Jim & Ralph
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.
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
Myron, Jim & Ralph
Honoring the Ventura Chamber's 2018 Citizen of the
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
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
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
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
I sat on the selction committee for the winners and
was honored to do so with so many deserving companies
For the complete list of Poinsettia
Award winners, visit the Ventura Chamber at venturachamber.com
FOOD Share Can-tree Drive Extra Special This
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
As usual, hundreds stopped by the
CAN-tree drive ─
held the first
weekend of December at Figueroa Plaza in downtown
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
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
Event Honored Those Who've Helped Restore Serra Cross
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.
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
Gold Coast Recycling Upgrade Progress
With the new systems installed and testing underway, we
are just weeks away now from the grand reopening of our
updated Gold Coast Recycling
"We're wrapping things up, and we're on track
for a full rollout in January," said Mike Harrison,
engineering manager for Harrison Industries
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
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
Thousand Oaks Comes Together for a Special State of the
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
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.
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
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
Harrisons Congratulate Local Election
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
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).
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
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:
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),
Tribute to Peter Foy Also Served As a Community
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
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
"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.
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