The Status Quo is Nowhere to Be Found During a Pandemic

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Jess Weihe Director or Marketing, Mustang Marketing VCLA Cohort XXVI “Listen to their voices,” rung in my head — a sentiment expressed from an earlier speaker, as Michael Jump, chief deputy district attorney and director of victim and community services for the  County of Ventura, shared with us why the ceilings in the new Ventura County…

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Agriculture, Water, and the Environment

Dhruv Pandya VCLA Cohort XXVI Information Security Specialist, J.D. Power Terri Anderson VCLA Cohort XXVI Labor Relations Manager, County of Ventura What a day! Ventura County is known for many things, but one of THE top things for which our county is known for is Agriculture. And of course, how agriculture grows is affected by…

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Societal Inequities in Education

Rabiah Rahman, VCLA Cohort XXVI  Attorney/Founder, Rabiah At Law VCLA Cohort XXVI has once again demonstrated why we are #Virtutallythebest! On Feb. 5, 2021, we convened on Zoom to discuss education and how Ventura County’s educators are leading during this time of crisis.  Nearly a year into the COVID-19 global pandemic, educators have had to navigate…

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The Well-Being of Students During COVID

Katlyn Simber-Clickner, VCLA Cohort XXVI  Recreation Coordinator, Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District As I began to write this reflection, I wanted to highlight all the things that Distance Learning has taken from students and I wanted to highlight all the positives that have come from Distance Learning. As I went down that rabbit hole it…

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Homelessness in VC

Erika Singletary, VCLA Cohort XXVI  Operations Specialist II, Ventura County Office of Education The temperatures this winter in Ventura County have been higher than average and we are behind in the average rainfall. For some, this represents drought conditions, to others however, it means that they may be able to cope with the elements a little…

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Whose Eyes Are You Seeing VC Through?

Tracy McAulay, VCLA Cohort XXVI  Management Analyst County of Ventura Like the first two VCLA sessions, session 3 was a whirlwind. We delved into the economy, transportation and the arts – no small task for a single day. All of the presentations were fascinating, and I could write pages. As I reflected on the day, I…

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Virtually the Best – Reflection

Jennifer Duston, VCLA Cohort XXVI  Client Partner Franklin Covey As John Quincy Adams so eloquently stated, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, & become more, you are a leader.” I couldn’t choose words more appropriate to describe Cohort XXVI and our day of learning with community leaders as a part…

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All Barks & No Bites

Caitlin Brooks VCLA Cohort XXVI Program Manager/Transportation Planning Ventura County Transportation Commission If you don’t like dogs or puns, this recap of VCLA Cohort XXVI Session 2 is going to be ruff. Please furgive me and I promise by the time you’ve finished reading you won’t be hounding anyone for more.  Our second session (but…

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VCLA Inspires

Caitlin Barringer VCLA Alumni, Cohort XXV  Development Manager, Kids & Families Together The mission and purpose of Ventura County Leadership Academy (VCLA) is “connecting people & issues to strengthen our county” and it is something that they embody well.  As a recent graduate of Cohort 25 (Aptly named “We Survived”, due to the COVID-19 pandemic…

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Cityscapes

City Adventures For session   number four, people were divided in to teams to explore assigned cities within the county. As we ventured out in the day, we reunited in Camarillo where we got to meet Dr. David El Fattal, Acting Chancellor and Vice Chancellor Business and Administrative Services for the County Community College District. He…

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