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Old 10-18-2013, 11:37 PM
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Originally Posted by bznavyveteran View Post
You need to dig a little deeper to put the Avenue in proper context. Cattle, oil, and agriculture were the industries that this place was built upon. From the 1840’s into the 1870s all of Ventura County was cattle ranches with some agriculture coming in number 2. Then drought killed off the cattle and the ranches were split up. Farming crops and citrus became big business and never left. Oil was discovered and developed and was very big for a while. Ships have been calling on the port of San Buenaventura since the 1840’s. Those two trees (used to be five) served as a beacon for ships to steer by. They would drop anchor in Pierpont Bay so ranchers could row out in boats to barter cow hides for goods. Ventura had longshoremen, sailors, China town, saloons, cowboys, oil fields, and farmers. I cannot imagine not having several fights downtown every Saturday night.

In more modern times, we have had an Air Force base at the Camarillo airport, a Navy Seabee base at Port Hueneme, the Navy Civil Engineering Laboratory at Pt Hue, and a Naval Air Station at Point Mugu. Pt Mugu serves as the HQ of the Pacific Missile Range which covers hundreds of square miles of the Pacific Ocean. The CA Air National Guard has recently established a base at Pt Mugu. The Naval Surface Warfare (a weapons engineering station) is located on the Sea Bee base. Those bases (and the technical contracting companies that work for them) provide a lot of high paying jobs with steady work.

So, you never know who your neighbors are going to be or deep their roots (family) are in the community. There are a lot of good hard working people who live on the Avenue. The Avenue had the first Community Council formed in the city (West Side CC). These are concerned citizens who meet with city officials and strive to keep their neighborhood a safe place to live and raise families.

I have lived in South Oxnard, North Oxnard, behind Ventura college, and out on the east end of Ventura. I am a retired Navy sailor, also retired from NSWC, and was a part of the East Ventura Community Council. Oh, I was a docent at the Olivas Adobe, an 1841 Spanish ranch house (could you tell?) for 9 years.
Very nice account! More history welcomed! What are your projections for the future of the Avenue in terms of a place to live and have a sense of community? I know people who have lived there for years and like it most of the time. They like it enough to not move, anyway. Very quaint, 1910s homes, redone (or not). None of my friends there have kids, however.

I was pleasantly surprised to hear of efforts to again connect the west-end community with the Ventura River. I saw a presentation about a year ago, with pictures of what the area looked like before Highway 33 plowed it's way through and effectively made an impenetrable barrier between the people and their river. People were fishing in a flowing river, diving off boulders into pools of water, kids playing in a beautiful wild setting. The plan that's underway now, as I understand it, is to build several pedestrian crossings over the 33 with organized trail systems in the river ecosystem for hiking and interpreted walks. Eventually, the plan is to see if the river can again support steelhead after the Matilija dam is removed. Re-connecting Ventura with its river in a constructive way like this would substantially add to the area.
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Old 10-19-2013, 12:47 AM
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that would be cool. Well I went to look at a place over there and I have to say it's pulling at me, I really liked it.
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