Ventura County Supervisors to Honor Ham Radio Volunteers June 7

On Tuesday June 7, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors will present a proclamation honoring the county’s Amateur Radio volunteers at their regularly scheduled meeting at 9:30 A.M. in the board’s hearing room at the County Government Center in Ventura.

The proclamation will designate June as “Amateur Radio Month” in Ventura County.

All hams and clubs are welcome; this is the first such presentation recognizing our efforts since the COVID outbreak. If you can attend, please wear ACS uniforms or other apparel such as club shirts and call sign badges that will make a good impression to the supervisors and the TV audience.

At this time, it is not known if a mask will be required at the county complex; best to check ahead or bring one just to be on the safe side. This event is also an opportunity to build public awareness about Field Day activities in the county.

Thank you & 73

Jeff Reinhardt AA6JR

ARRL Public Information Coordinator

Santa Barbara Section

Ventura County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura

KM6ZJK (Bruce Schubert) SK

Bruce Schubert-KM6ZJK has passed away. He had been battling cancer for some time  His intellect and kindness will be missed.

He was an ARES member in Ventura and had great technical skills. A celebration of Bruce’s life will be held at 11 A.M. on Tuesday, April 19th at Coastline Bible Church, 426 S. Mills Road, in Ventura. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Ventura County Library READ Adult Literacy Program.

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Ventura County Reopens

What will California look like after June 15th?

California has reopened its economy with businesses resuming normal operations (with limited exceptions for mega-events). The new Health Order, effective June 15, replaced previous health orders issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Click Beyond the Blueprint to learn more.

Key Points to Beyond the Blueprint

  • The Tiers, guidance documents, and prevention plans are no longer in effect. Most businesses can resume normal operations (how they conduct business with their customers.)
  • There are no limitations on capacity or physical distancing of attendees, customers, or guests.
  • Businesses with employees must continue to follow the Cal/OSHA Covid-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). This includes mask-wearing and other preventive measures. Click to read the ETS.
  • Mega Events are characterized by large crowds greater than 5,000 (indoors) and 10,000 (outdoors) attendees. These events must still follow limited guidance and prevention guidance.

Brett Price KM6VFW-SK

Brett Price KM6VFW-SK

We are saddened to report that ACS member and CVARC President Brett Price-KM6VFW passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 9, 2021.  Brett just celebrated his 71st birthday on May 2nd.

He is survived by two sons, Andrew and Kevin and a fiancee, Shirlee Huffman. There will be a small family service in the future in the Lake Tahoe area where Brett had requested his ashes be scattered, near those of his father.

Brett spent four decades working as an attorney. He has represented governmental entities, public and private companies, and individuals in the areas of property tax law and civil litigation, commercial and business law, oil and gas law, energy resource law, construction law, real estate and bankruptcy matters.

Brett was in his second term as CVARC President.  His commitment to ACS and efforts in advancing amateur radio will be greatly missed.

VC ARES Member Aids Sheriff in Finding Missing Hiker

(credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)

A 45-year-old hiker who was reported missing after he texted a friend that he was lost in Angeles National Forest has been found. VC ARES member and satellite mapping enthusiast Ben Kuo-AI6YR, working from a cell phone photograph, helped authorities pinpoint the hiker’s location. View this interesting Twitter thread in which Ben explains how he was able to geolocate the hiker using only the general area and the grainy photograph on the left. Ben’s efforts resulted in nationwide attention from the New York Times to Good Morning America.

Screen shot of Ben-AI6YR being interviewed by Channel 7, KABC TV, Los Angeles.

Ventura County Moves to Orange Tier

Ventura County moved to the State’s Orange Tier effective Wednesday, April 7 at 12:01 am. The California Department of Public Health announced that the County has met the State’s metrics to move forward.

“This progress, thanks to the hard work of our community members, means that our restaurants, retailers, gyms and other businesses can open to more customers which will help keep doors open, grow jobs in industries that were hit hard during the height of the pandemic and get us moving forward on the recovery path,” said County Executive Officer Michael Powers. “This is the time to keep it local in supporting our businesses.”

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Ventura County Moves to Red Tier

Ventura County moved to the State’s Red Tier beginning 12:01 am Wednesday, March 17, 2021. “This is great news for our community and an opportunity to work together to support our local businesses as we move forward in reopening our economy,” said County Executive Officer, Michael Powers. In alignment with the state’s reopening framework, masking, distancing, and infection control practices remain in place.

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Stay Home Order Issued for Ventura County

The State of California’s Stay Home Order will go into effect on Sunday, December 6 at 11:59 pm in Ventura County and in all counties in Southern California, after the Southern California Region’s hospital ICU capacity dropped below 15%. The order closes many businesses and activities and urges people to stay at home whenever possible.  The California Department of Public Health reported on Friday evening that Southern California’s ICU capacity dropped to 13.1%, triggering the Stay Home Order. The order requires bars, wineries, nail salons, hair salons and barbershops, and other personal care services to close. Private gatherings of any size are prohibited. Restaurants can stay open for takeout and delivery, but they have to shut down both indoor and outdoor dining. 

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