The following letter is from Steve Bennett to the Ojai community, and participants in the ongoing Ojai Valley Wide Discussions.
Dear Ojai Valley Wide Discussion participant:
I hope this email finds you well and off to a good start for 2013. I’d like to take this opportunity to share some information with you related to the top two goals the group identified at our meetings: 1) Making the Ojai Valley a Model Green Community and 2) Disaster Preparedness, including CERT.
In addition, the County of Ventura is in the process of updating our County website. We could use feedback from civic-minded citizens, and I can’t think of a more civic-minded group than all of you. If you have time to click on the link to the survey and provide your input, I know the team upgrading the website would be most appreciative.
I look forward to continuing to work with you on these two priority areas. Please don’t hesitate to contact my office if you have questions or concerns.
Citrus Disease Threat
Hopefully by now most people have heard about the citrus disease that is threatening groves and backyard trees in Ventura County. This disease, HLB, is spread by a small insect, the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP). Every resident and owner of a citrus tree should do their part to help prevent the spread of this disease:
-Don’t bring home any citrus trees from outside the county.
-Don’t bring home any citrus fruit from outside the county unless purchased in a California supermarket.
-Never bring in any fruit from outside California
-Inspect your citrus trees after they produce a flush of new spring growth for the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) and for signs of HLB disease.
-Pictures of the ACP and HLB symptoms can be found at: http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/acp/
Biodigester Feasibility Study Public Meeting
As part of the “greening” of the Ojai Valley, a study has been completed on the feasibility of a project to convert manure to energy to reduce waste, produce green energy, and improve water quality. The results of the study will be presented in a public meeting on Wednesday, February 27th at 6:30 PM at Chaparral Auditorium.
Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) Upcoming Class
Take a free Community Emergency Response Training class to help you and your family become better prepared for and able to respond to a disaster. CERT classes will be held at the Oak View Park and Resource Center, 555 Mahoney Street, Oak View from 6-9 PM starting on Tuesday, February 26th and continuing March 5th, 12, 19, 26 and April 2nd. (the City of Ventura is starting a class the same week on Wednesday, February 27th and going through April 3rd so if someone misses a class they can make up the same class the next day in Ventura)
Register by contacting Supervisor Bennett’s office at 654-2703 or email@example.com
County Website Update- Survey
The County of Ventura is updating the County government website. We encourage and would appreciate your input on improving the website. If you have a few minutes, visit the web page www.countyofventura.org between 2/4 and 2/17 and complete a short survey. You’ll find the survey icon placed right under the sunset image of the pier that says Website Survey – Your Opinion Counts. Thank you!