It’s been quite a busy (albeit productive) month at the Star. So busy, that I’ve yet to link my biggest article of the month. I’m rather proud of this piece and wanted to share it before March ends. A fairly sizable amount of research went into this one, so take a gander.
Many residents commute to Santa Barbara or Los Angeles due to a lack of local high-paying jobs. I wrote about it. Also ended up interviewing the producer and key creative mind behind the “Sharknado” film franchise completely by chance. Totally unexpected but cool!
A fun light feature on a local company that has been producing high-quality puppets and animatronics since 1982. Axtell Expressions will release a Donald Trump puppet soon and it’s already in high demand. Check out the article.
Agriculture was not a focus of the 2016 election campaign, but President-elect Donald Trump repeatedly made headlines because of his strong, sometimes shifting, stances on issues such as immigration, trade and climate change.
California’s ongoing drought and the number of immigrant farm workers employed in Ventura County, have local farm owners, workers and law experts alike anxious about Trump’s impending presidency. Though views on the president-elect’s proposed policies are sharply divided, many agree on one thing: Trump’s unpredictability makes preparing for potential policy changes difficult, if not impossible.
California businesses are preparing for a host of new laws set to take effect in 2017 and beyond. It’s a lot to take in, so I spoke with experts and business owners throughout the state to get an idea of what’s going to begin happening in just a few days.
A host of other stories I’ve written over the month in preparation for the holiday news drought have also been recently published in the Ventura County Star. Poke around the website if you’re interested.
Non-VC Star pieces have been delayed due to sickness/holidays/being busy with work. But let’s be honest, you’ve already seen “Rogue One” anyway. A big ‘ole “Best Music of 2016” list is still planned soon™ though!
This is on a major annual report that details the top crops in Ventura County, acreage, farming trends and much more. I reported on the release and spoke to key farming experts in the community. Read.
This is local for my newspaper and I was given the assignment because I “write a lot of music reviews.” Hey, someone noticed to at least some capacity! Anyway, he’s ascended to hip-hop stardom in record time and it’s inspiring for a lot of locals to see someone in their neighborhood enjoy this much success.