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Opinion/Editorials

By Jacqui Irwin and Jessie Ryan

Earlier this summer, students across California accomplished their dream of a college degree. But for every person who graduates, there are thousands who don’t.

Students of color are particularly likely to drop out, in part because they are disproportionately placed into remedial classes. This can add years to their course load and reduces their chances of completing college.

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Ag Alert

California Grown started the buy-local movement 15 years ago. At that time, imported products encroached on our markets, farmers were barely profitable, regulatory pressures continued to grow and our own neighborhood markets were buying and selling products grown elsewhere.

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The Oak Park Unified School District, located in the heart of Conejo Valley, stands out as an excellent institution of learning for our young population.

Having earned numerous awards over the years as a top-performing district, its elementary, middle and high schools focus on creative pathways for students to excel in a variety of courses. In fact, Oak Park High School was recently ranked seventh among California high schools by Newsweek magazine and boasts robotics and computer animation courses so students can learn about science and art from a unique perspective. This is not your typical classroom experience.

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The Oak Park Unified School District, located in the heart of Conejo Valley, stands out as an excellent institution of learning for our young population.

Having earned numerous awards over the years as a top-performing district, its elementary, middle and high schools focus on creative pathways for students to excel in a variety of courses. In fact, Oak Park High School was recently ranked seventh among California high schools by Newsweek magazine and boasts robotics and computer animation courses so students can learn about science and art from a unique perspective. This is not your typical classroom experience.

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Our world is made better every day by the "thingies" that we use to enhance our lives. These "thingies," from the automatic alarm clock that gets us up to the remote control to turn off the TV at night, are thought up by engineers, created by engineers and built by engineers.

CSU Channel Islands has identified a hole in the fabric of engineering. There are not enough qualified folks in the field to meet the booming needs in our county. So they have proposed creation of an engineering school on campus. Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks, embraced the idea and made it one of her priorities. Initial startup funding of $500,000 has made it through the first cut of the state budget deal.

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Ventura County Star - 3:46 PM, Jun 6, 2015

Community colleges are a critical driver of the state's economic engine. But far too often, community colleges are failing to help students reach their college dreams.

I know that the future of these students and the state's economy depends upon our ability to reform our remedial education programs and increase graduation rates.

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Ventura County is home to some of the most exciting and cutting-edge companies in the world. Nationally recognized corporations and entrepreneurial high-technology companies like Amgen, Haas Automation, SemTech and Teledyne Technologies all have a footprint in Ventura County.

Additionally, Ventura County was recently designated as one of the state's four innovation hubs designed to spur job growth in these industries.

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Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin deserves praise for her effort last week in bringing all the parties together to resolve getting city of Oxnard water to local farmers who want it.

It's been a frustrating time as the city's Advanced Water Purification Facility is finally ready to produce ultrapure water and farmers on the Oxnard Plain have an agreement to buy it, but regulatory hurdles have plugged the delivery.

Basically, there is no pipeline to deliver the Oxnard water. So both sides thought about using an existing Calleguas Municipal Water District pipeline to get the water there. But that pipeline was built to take briny water to the ocean, and state regulators were concerned that pumping water the other direction would be a problem.

In stepped Ms. Irwin. She got everybody to attend a meeting where it was shown that, apparently, transporting Oxnard water should be acceptable. So everybody left Thursday's gathering intent on drawing up agreements that might result in Oxnard water being delivered by the end of the summer.

Just getting folks to the table to talk, much less to work on a relatively speedy agreement (we are talking about state bureaucracy here, combined with numerous water agencies) is a coup for Ms. Irwin.

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