Malibu City Council Bans Single-Use Plastic Straws, Stirrers and Cutlery

The Malibu City Council voted to prohibit the sale, distribution and use of single-use plastic straws, plastic stirrers and plastic cutlery within the City during the City Council meeting on Monday, February 12 in order to protect the environment from plastic pollution. The ordinance goes before the Council for a second reading and vote on February 26, and, once finally adopted, will go into effect on June 1, 2018.

The ordinance is part of the City’s campaign to eliminate the use of all kinds of single-use plastic items in order to reduce the plastic pollution that has become pervasive and devastating to the environment. An estimated 500 million plastic straws are used and discarded every day in the United States — enough to wrap around the earth 2.5 times. In California, the annual “Coastal Cleanup Day” has tracked the amount of trash collected since 1992, and plastic straws and stirrers are the sixth most common item collected. Plastic cutlery is the fifth most common item collected. 

The ordinance also covers the commercial use and distribution of compostable and biodegradable petroleum or biologically based straws, stirrers, forks, spoons, and knifes, since these items are not easily composted and often cause issues at compost facilities. In other words, the City will only allow the commercial use and distribution of straws, stirrers, forks, knifes, sporks, and spoons that are made from non-plastic materials, such as paper, wood, bamboo, etc. 

Plastic straws, stirrers, and cutlery never biodegrade. The plastic is broken down into smaller pieces that become difficult to manage in the environment. Nearly all plastic, regardless of whether it has been recycled, still exists. It is estimated that there are over five trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean. Tiny plastic fragments in the ocean are eaten by marine wildlife and enter the food chain. 

To raise awareness among the business community of the need to eliminate single-use plastic straws, the City will provide a box of environmentally safe paper straws to each local food service business. The paper straws, which carry the City’s “Keep it Clean Malibu” slogan, will demonstrate to both businesses and consumers that the single-use plastic straw can be easily replaced. For those who wish to use them, sustainable, reusable straws and cutlery are available in metal, wood, glass, bamboo and other materials. 

To read the staff report or learn more about the City’s efforts to reduce plastic pollution, visit www.MalibuCity.org/plastic.

Food Truck Thursday at Camarillo Ranch House Every Last Thursday of Month

Food Truck Fest at the Camarillo Ranch is on the last Thursday of each month from 5-9PM, April through October 2018. Upcoming dates: April 26, May 31, June 28, July 26, August 30, September 27 and October 25.

Ten food trucks will be there plus beer and wine will be for sale. Free admission! For more information, visit www.facebook.com/camranchfoodtruckfest or www.camarilloranch.org.

Drive Thru Starbucks Coming to Southwest Corner of Thousand Oaks Blvd and Auto Mall Drive

UPDATE: Opened on February 15th!

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As if we didn't need another Starbucks in the Conejo Valley, here comes another one, this one another of the extra-popular drive-thru variety. This new Starbucks is located at the southwest corner of Thousand Oaks Boulevard and Auto Mall Drive. It looks to be opening quite soon.

Let's take a look. Other drive-thru Starbucks locations in the local area: Thousand Oaks & Rancho Road (T.O.), Lindero Canyon & Kanan (T.O./Oak Park), Hillcrest & Ventu Park (NP), Country Club & Wood Ranch (Simi), Los Angeles & 1st (Simi), Hwy 118 and 1st (Simi), Cochran and Galena (Simi), Wendy & Grande Vista (NP), Arneill & Las Posas (Cam), Lewis & Las Posas (Cam), Gonzalez & Rose (Oxnard), Channel Islands & Rose (Oxnard - open 24 hrs), Saviers & Channel Islands (Oxnard), Palm & Harvard (Santa Paula), Highway 126 & A St (Fillmore), Telegraph & Day (Ventura),  16 other drive-thru Starbucks locations in Ventura County, soon to be 17.

www.starbucks.com

County of Ventura Food Facility Closures in January 2018

The County of Ventura Environmental Health Division (EHD) protects public health and the environment by ensuring conformance with State laws and County ordinances pertaining to food protection, hazardous materials, hazardous waste, individual sewage disposal systems, land use, medical waste, ocean water quality monitoring, recreational health, solid waste, underground fuel tanks and vector control.

The EHD publishes food facility closures at www.ventura.org/rma/envhealth/community-services/consumer-food/closures.html.

The following facility closures (exclusive of mobile facilities) were noted in January 2018. Keep in mind when reviewing this that there are many possible reasons for the closures, most of which are very temporary issues.

Montezuma Restaurant, 112 Stroube Rd., Oxnard;
Insanitary conditions and plumbing in disrepair;
Date Closed - 01/30/18; Date reopened - 01/31/18

Maria's Restaurant, 2513 Sycamore Drive, Simi Valley;
Operating without a valid permit;
Date closed - 01/29/18; No reopen date

Sawadee Restaurant, 217 Arneill Road, Camarillo;
Unsanitary conditions, no water for washing of hands and sanitizing utensils;
Date Closed - 01/23/18; Date reopened - 01/25/18

Cold Stone Creamery, 2950 Johnson Drive, #115, Ventura;
Cockroach infestation, unsanitary conditions inside the facility;
Date Closed - 01/22/18; Date reopened - 01/23/18

Sumo Japanese Restaurant, 1730 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura;
Inoperable exhaust system resulting in unsafe conditions inside the facility;
Date Closed - 01/19/18; Date reopened - 01/22/18

Roger's Cafe, 1026 Mountain View Avenue, Oxnard;
No hot water available at the facility for washing of utensils and hands;
Date Closed - 01/17/18; Date reopened - 01/18/18

Conchita Bakery Panaderia, 2631 Ventura Road, Port Hueneme;
Operating beyond the permit limitation;
Date Closed - 01/11/18; Date reopened -  01/12/18

Subway #39850, 440 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks;
Inoperable refrigeration resulting in unsafe food temperatures;
Date closed - 01/09/18; Date reopened - 01/09/18

Kiki's Kitchen, 1751 N. Lombard Street, #B, Oxnard;
No hot water available at the facility for utensil washing and hand washing;
Date closed - 01/08/18; Date reopened - 01/08/18

Sake 2 Me Sushi, 3920 Cochran Street, Simi Valley;
Cockroach infestation, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 01/03/18; Date reopened - 01/04/18

Que Pasa Mexican Cafe Opened Recently in Old Town Camarillo

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Que Pasa Mexican Cafe & Tequila Bar opened a couple weeks ago at 2433 Ventura Boulevard in Old Town Camarillo, in the historic "J.F. Lewis & Sons - 1916" building previously occupied by JJ Brewsky's, The French Bulldog, the Old Town Tavern and most recently, for a short time frame in 2017, Julian's Restaurant & Bar. Que Pasa Mexican Cafe was established in 1999 with its first location in Bakersfield.

Visit www.qpmexicancafe.com for more information.

Baskin Robbins Coming Soon to Skyline Plaza in Thousand Oaks

Blair Breger pointed out via the Conejo Valley Guide Facebook Page that a Baskin Robbins is "coming soon" to the Skyline Plaza in Thousand Oaks. It will be located directly adjacent to Grabbagreen.

Over 90 ice cream, frozen yogurt and gelato places around Ventura County at are compiled at THIS LINK.

Photo credit: Blair Breger

Photo credit: Blair Breger