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Published on Oct 26, 2009
October 17th, 8:11PM, Saturday CRIME: Theft and Destruction of Ojai and Ventura VIEW papers LOCATION: Ventura, 400 Block East Main Street, Zander Building SUSPECT: Elderly Gentleman identified by witnesses as Sheldon Brown, publisher/editor, Ventura Breeze (Ventura Chamber of Commerce 2011 Business of the Year) Immortalized by Zander Building Security Tape SCENE 1/CAMERA1: The Theft - 8:11PM Suspect seen wandering into hallway, removes stack of the VIEW from designated spot on private display case, (owned by Carlson Jewelers). Suspect folds and tucks stack of VIEW under his right arm. Suspect observes eyewitness, then approaches table (antique washing machine) where the Breeze is displayed, furtively looks over shoulder, shuffles copies of the Breeze, leaves stack of the VIEW on washing machine. Wanders length of hall with hands in pockets, until eyewitness disappears in doorway, then hangs a U-turn and removes his hands from pockets as he approaches wash stand. Suspect picks up stack of the VIEW from washing machine and again tucks them under right arm, picks up stack of the Breeze in his left hand and carries both toward exit, depositing Breeze on Carlson's display case, in the spot designated for the VIEW. Exits building, turns left under cover of darkness of night with VIEW under arm. EPILOGUE: Eyewitness finds stack of approximately 70 copies of the Sept. and Oct., 2009 Issues of The Ojai and Ventura VIEW in city trash receptacle outside. California Law, (Bill AB 2612), designates the theft of free newspapers as a misdemeanor, establishes fines for stealing newspapers and possible jail time for second offenders. The bill was signed into law in 2006 by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The law made legislative findings regarding the importance of free newspapers and that the unauthorized taking of such newspapers to be detrimental to the public interest. This activity interferes with First Amendment rights by "(3) Depriving the public of the opportunity to read or enjoy the newspaper, and (4) Harms a business competitor." -- REWARD -- The Ojai and Ventura VIEW is offering a Reward to anyone else providing electronic/photographic evidence of the Theft or Destruction of VIEW papers. Ron Rowe and Mary Long will personally present a bottle of hand-picked Charles Shaw Cabernet or Merlot. For More information stay tuned ! When the public's access to information is restricted or censored, the public suffers. When an individual, or government, or other media source or media/government cohort seeks to restrict the Press and First Amendment right to Free Speech, the public suffers. When this is done in the midst of an election, the voting public and ultimately our democratic and free way of life suffers. With the U.S. in such recent dire straits, the free discussion of ideas now more than ever, is necessary to provide a way out. - Joel Anderson, editor, The Ojai and Ventura VIEW www.OjaiandVenturaVIEW.com