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Jeff Pelline: Blue skies ahead

I enjoyed reading Terry McAteer’s column, “Gone blue: The unique link between Nevada and Orange counties.” In fact, this is a statewide trend.

Another example is the traditional conservative pockets of Ventura County, such as Simi Valley. “Ventura County continues to move to the left,” as the Ventura County Star recently observed. And as the Mercury News stated: “The last time California Democrats held this many Assembly seats, their victory lap was on horseback.”

In our area, starting in the ’70s, it was enterprising and progressive-minded people departing their “urban nests,” such as Paul Perry, Osborn/Woods, and Gary Snyder, among others, who moved here and re-energized the area with their passion for arts and culture (also an “economic engine”). This included the founding of KVMR, the opening of The Center for the Arts, and the birth of a robust arts and culture scene.



Now we are among the 14 inaugural state-designated Cultural Districts, thanks to the efforts of our Arts Council, and locals such as Jon Blinder, Eliza Tudor and others.

We are grateful for all these efforts, and we look forward to our area continuing to build bridges with the rest of the state, helping it to prosper for future generations.



Jeff Pelline

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