Ventura County, California

Updates from Ventura County Chapter—Protecting our local ocean and beaches from source to surf
January 27, 2015

2015 Beach Cleanup Schedule

IMG_0144Big thanks to everyone who came out to the January beach cleanup at C St / Surfer’s Point. 25 volunteers picked up over 75 pounds of litter off the beach and nearby areas! Beach cleanups are important because litter is ugly and can impact marine life. Most of the items collected at beach cleanups are made from plastic and don’t truly biodegrade. Therefore it is important to host cleanups and find ways to help prevent the most common items from becoming litter in the first place.

For all beach cleanups, please wear comfortable clothes, closed toed shoes and sunscreen. All volunteers are welcome to participate and must sign a liability waiver. Pre-­registration is not required unless your group is larger than 25 people (if it is, then please email Volunteers under 18 MUST have a parent or guardian present at the beginning of the cleanup to sign a liability waiver before the minor can participate. You can download the waiver here: 2015.Beach.Cleanup.Waiver. We will provide all supplies, but volunteers are always welcome to bring their own work gloves, trash bag/bucket, and/or reusable water bottle to reduce waste.

Please be prepared to fill out a data card of all the trash you pick up—we need this information to help find solutions for the main sources of trash on our beaches!! Thank you for your interest in helping keep our beaches clean. Beach cleanups are typically on the 4th Saturday of each month except for June, September & December.

February 28th 2015 – Ormond Beach, Oxnard – 9-­11am

Directions: Hwy 101 south and exit on Rice, turn right and continue to Hueneme Rd. Turn right on Hueneme Rd. After Olds Rd. take a left on Arnold and continue to the end of the road. Click Here for more details.

March 28th 2015 – ‘C’ Street / Surfer’s Point, Ventura – 9-­11am

Meet on the beach promenade at the end of California Street.

April 25th 2015 -­ ‘C’ Street / Surfer’s Point, Ventura – 9-11am

Meet on the beach promenade at the end of California Street.

May 23rd 2015 -­ Marina Park, Pierpont, Ventura – 9-­11am

Look for the Surfrider tent on the grassy area near the playground.

June 20th 2015 – ‘C’ Street / Surfer’s Point, Ventura – 9-11am
(THIRD SATURDAY) – International Surfing Day

Meet on the beach promenade at the end of California Street.

July 5th 2015 – Pierpont, Ventura – 8-11am
“Morning After Mess” Cleanup, 9am – 12noon (Special SUNDAY Beach Cleanup)

Meet on the beach at the end of Seaward Ave.

July 25th 2015 -­ ‘C’ Street / Surfer’s Point, Ventura – 9-­11am

Meet on the beach promenade at the end of California Street. (Continued)

August 22nd 2015 -­ Marina Park, Pierpont, Ventura – 9-­11am

Meeting location TBA.

September 20th 2015 -­‐‑ ‘C’ Street / Surfer’s Point, Ventura – 9am-­Noon

California Coastal Cleanup Day (THIRD Saturday)

Meet on the beach promenade at the end of California Street.

October 24th 2015 – Marina Park, Pierpont, Ventura – 9-­‐‑11am

Meeting location TBA.

November 28th 2015 -­‐‑ ‘C’ Street / Surfer’s Point, Ventura – 9-­‐‑11am

Meet on the beach promenade at the end of California Street.

December 19th 2015 -­‐‑ ‘C’ Street / Surfer’s Point, Ventura – 9-­‐‑11am

Meet on the beach promenade at the end of California Street. (Third Saturday)

Look for the Surfrider tent when you arrive at a beach cleanup to check in!


December 12, 2014

Do Nothing to Support the Statewide Plastic Bag Ban!

reuse.todayHave you seen anyone gathering petition signatures regarding SB 270, the statewide plastic bag ban, at a grocery store or retailer that sells groceries? DO NOT SIGN IT!

The petition is designed as a referendum attempt to stall implementation of SB 270 and put the plastic bag ban on the 2016 ballot. The statewide plastic checkout bag ban was approved by California legislature and Governor Brown while a majority of Californians support the bag ban. Big plastic companies seem to be doing anything they can to repeal this bill and have spent over $3 million already!

Here’s what you can do to help make sure the statewide plastic bag ban stands if you would like to be more proactive than the ‘do nothing’ approach mentioned in the title:

1.      Report signature gatherers (address/time and if they are saying false things, e.g. signing the petition will help the bag ban) here.
2.      CA vs Big Plastic website is now live, and social media sites are up and running. Please be sure to follow, share, retweet, recommend.
·        Twitter: @CAvsBigPlastic
·        Facebook: California vs. Big Plastic
3.      CA vs Big Plastic Youtube channel with two short videos, posted to social media. Please share widely.
4.       A list of current local elected officials endorsing the campaign is available here. If you have elected official contacts who are not on the list, please forward them this link to endorse. Thanks!

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October 30, 2014

Ventura County Surfrider Executive Committee Elections!

Please come to the upcoming chapter meeting to vote for next year’s Executive Committee members!

As described in a recent post, all Ventura County Chapter Surfrider members may vote in the EC election. Come find out what the future holds for our chapter. Here, I’ve even included the meeting information so you don’t even have to click that “Find Us!” link above:

Date: November 4, 2014 (1st Tuesday of the month)
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Place: 175 S. Ventura Ave, Ventura, CA 93001
WĀV Building, Courtyard Meeting Room
All are welcome!

Also, Ben Pitterle, the Watershed and Marine Program Director of Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, will be give an overview of SBCK. He will also touch on their recent lawsuit against the State Water Control Board, which impacts all of us who love the Ventura River.

October 24, 2014

Quick message: Website business

Admin note: I just deleted dozens of spam subscribers and took steps to prevent their reappearance. I do not believe any genuine subscribers were swept up with the spammers, but if you have been unceremoniously unsubscribed, that is why. Please feel welcome to re-subscribe.

October 7, 2014

Nominations Tonight! (Or, How To Participate in a Surfrider Election)


Elections are coming up for your Ventura County Surfrider Chapter Executive Committee!

At tonight’s meeting (October 7), nominations will begin. The election will take place at the next general meeting on Tuesday, November 4.


Any Ventura County Surfrider member who is active in the chapter and has paid their membership fee may be nominated for the Executive Committee by any other chapter member, including themselves. Typically, the nomination must be seconded by another member. If an active member is unable to make it to tonight’s meeting, nominations may also be submitted via email.


Executive Committee members are elected by anonymous ballot on the spot at the November chapter meeting. Prior to ballots being cast, nominees have a few minutes to introduce themselves to those gathered and make a short speech. All Ventura County Surfrider members may cast a vote in this election. Each member may vote for up to the number of vacancies available (in this year’s case, three). The top vote-getters will become part of the Executive Committee starting in the new year.

About the Executive Committee

Briefly, the executive committee (EC) is responsible for the continued function of the chapter. Currently, the Ventura County Chapter has a seven-member EC. In all situations requiring a majority decision except for the chapter elections, only the EC may vote. EC are still volunteers, just like everyone else, so perfection is not expected, but dedication is important. EC members meet separately from the general chapter meeting once a month to discuss chapter business and finances. It is vital that each EC member be able to make it to most of these meetings as well as the chapter general meetings.

The chapter general body elects EC members; it does not elect specific positions. After the election, the new EC members will meet with the current and outgoing EC members to discuss the duties of positions such as Chair, Treasurer, and Volunteer Coordinator to determine (based on interest and time commitment) who will perform those duties in the coming year.

Participating in the Election Process

The easiest way to make your opinion known about the upcoming chapter elections or to ask more questions is to come to the next two general meetings. Information on how to get there is available on the Find Us! page of this website. Feel free to contact a chapter representative for more information.

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