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SAVE THE DATE: Coastal Cleanup Day is Sept. 15

Ventura County Remains Strong

Fourth of July Fun Throughout the Region

Camarillo Expo Brings Business Community Together

Milestone Golf Classic Benefits Local Youth

Ventura Chamber Invites Business Community to 'Think Big'

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SAVE THE DATE: Coastal Cleanup Day is 
Sept. 15


It's cleanup time again, along our beautiful coast. The 34th California Coastal Cleanup Day 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 areas.

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 cause."

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 shoreline.

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 closed-toe shoes.

For information on local participating beaches and waterways in Ventura County, visit 
www.vccoastcleanup.orgCarpinterians can visit www.exploreecology.org/coastal-cleanup-day.
Ventura County Remains Strong
Mike Powers
If 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 address.
(L to R) Myron, Ralph and George Harrison

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 at the 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 reserves.

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 news.
Fourth of July Fun Throughout the Region
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 of them:

FILLMORE: 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 Fourth.

The Harrison clan shows up again to celebrate the Fourth with the City of Carpinteria, which each year puts on the wonderful Rods and Roses classic car show on Linden Avenue.
CARPINTERIA: 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.

It's especially 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 youth.

VENTURA: 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 display.

However you celebrated, we hope you all had a safe, sane and special Fourth of July.
Camarillo Expo Brings Business Community Together
Hearty thanks to the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce for 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.

Our 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.

In 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.

We're grateful 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 Youth
The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley 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.

Harrison 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 and every day. 
Ventura Chamber Invites Business Community to 'Think Big'
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 lynda.com.

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 business development.

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 technologies.

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 and to 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 community. 

Visit the chamber online at www.venturachamber.com for information on membership, news and events.
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