About the Author

Lucas Zucker is a researcher and community organizer at the Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE).   He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Political Economy, and lives in Ventura, CA with his two plants.  @LucasZucker on Twitter.


  1. Anonymous

    Great article! If you think that you feel out of place in Ventura, try moving to Port Hueneme after growing up in the SF Valley and graduating from UCSB. I lived there for 30 years but am now finally in Ventura and very happy.

  2. Jerry Kay

    I love your article and the positive way you write about important stuff. Though I’ve lived in Santa Cruz for the past 35 years, I found the same meaning after college working in Salinas as a farmworker and organizing with Cesar Chavez. No matter where you land, we need folks like you who want to work with real people and not be burdened with too much LeftSpeak.
    Jerry Kay, Santa Cruz, Ca.
    P.S. You gave me a good place to check out if I ever leave here…

  3. Anonymous

    Nicely done, young man. Ventura needs more Lucas. I felt like a fish out of water when I recently visited Ventura (Almost 30 years later) Even with all it’s growth you are spot on, it’s a place like no other. Farmers and Bikers, rednecks and Yuppies. Even though the noise is suddle,…Hanging out on Ventura’s brisey Beach left me with a longing to get back some day. You should do well,, take on the challenge, for the long haul, QUIETLY!! Us New Yorkers are hard to discourage, Show them what your made of, it’s hard to keep a good man down. Best Wishes

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