The Student News Site of Foothill Technology High School

The Foothill Dragon Press

Navigate Left
  • Also referred to as a red tide or an algae bloom, the brilliant blue waves are caused by phytoplankton that emit blue light when disturbed. In previous years the event has been rare to find, occurring sparsely. Recently, primarily during the summer of 2023, bioluminescent waves could be seen splashing the shores of Ventura County.


    Bioluminescence: Wonders of the bright blue ocean

  • On Sept. 21, 2023, the Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) Girls Volleyball took a devastating loss of 3-1 in a league game against Bishop Diego High School. Students, Addi Fallon 25, Zac Crist 24 and Petra Falcocchia 24, show their support with colorful face paint. Many students also dressed to the theme of the game, which was cowboys and cowgirls.

    Girls' Volleyball

    Girls’ volleyball beat by Bishop Diego 1-3 in hard fought game

  • Throughout the city of Ventura, pollution is washed down to the beaches through rivers and gutters, depositing cups, bags and other various trash onto our beaches and into the oceans.


    Just how deadly is stormwater runoff?

  • The charming exterior of Butter and Fold attracts many customers at all hours of business. From the elegant teal and gold color scheme to the waft of freshly baked breads, it’s impossible to simply pass by without taking a peek inside.


    Butter and Fold: The perfect place to satisfy your pastry cravings this fall

  • At the Olivas Links Golf Course, on Sept. 21, 2023, the Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) girls golf team faced off in a league match against Bishop Diego. The Dragons played well and won the match with an overall score of 249-303. Pictured above, Maddie Wicks 26 concentrates as she putts her ball toward the pin, finishing hole five with three over par.

    Girls' Golf

    Recap: Girls’ golf takes Bishop Diego 249-303

  • On Sept. 22, 2023, Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) competed in their first Tri-County Athletic (TCAA) league meet. Foothill Tech races with five girls on varsity, including Danika Swanson-Rico 25, Bennett Rodman 26, Kalea Eggertsen 26, Emma Anderson 26 and Isabella Efner 25. They warm-up on the start line, exchanging words of encouragement and waiting for the queue to begin the race.

    Cross Country

    Cross country starts off strong at first league meet of the 2023 season

  • With beloved melodies and nostalgic anthems dating back over a decade, fans and general audience members alike enjoy singing along to her award-winning album, Fearless, from 2008.


    The Eras Tour: an adventure spanning 17 years of music 

  • On Sept. 21, 2023, Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) boys water polo hosted a home game against their opponent Malibu High School (Malibu). With lots of splashing, Ethan Ortiz 24 attempts to find an open teammate to give Foothill Tech an advantage to win their league match.

    Boys' Water Polo

    Recap: Boys’ water polo bested by Malibu

  • Students of Foothill Tech try to make button pins of their own design at Back to School Night. This college and career class provides an opportunity to learn life skills and creativity.


    Foothill Tech welcomes parents and guardians at Back to School Night 2023

  • In the teen show “The Summer I Turned Pretty,” an adaption of the popular Young Adult novel, protagonist Belly Conklin navigates her love life in a triangle between brothers Jeremiah and Conrad Fisher.


    “The Summer I Turned Pretty”: In Defense of the Fisher Boys

  • During F.I.R.E and lunch, members of the Associated Student Body worked hard to prepare an assembly line of delicious In-N-Out for the Class of 2024.


    Class of 2024 connects through In-N-Out Burger and festivities

  • On the sunny afternoon of Sept. 19, 2023 girls tennis played against the Villanova Preparatory (Villanova) School Wildcats. The tennis team huddles together and chants in a pregame ritual before beginning their matches.

    Girls' Tennis

    Girls’ tennis triumphs over Villanova in first league match

  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is the much anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed and beloved video game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Announced in 2019 by Nintendo at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Tears of the Kingdom was released on May 12, 2023 after nearly four years of waiting. Since its release, the game has been met with widespread acclaim from critics and fans alike. The game directly follows the events of its predecessor, building upon them and expanding an already immense world. Writer Kelly Quinn shares his thoughts.


    “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom” is victory for gaming

  • The three cakes that were reviewed were Lemon, Pumpkin Spice and Red Velvet all topped with a generous amount of cream cheese frosting.


    A dive into Nothing Bundt Cakes: America’s largest specialty cake company

  • Comprising of 12 songs, Olivia Rodrigos new album GUTS is her second studio album and was released on Sept. 8, 2023. Rodrigos first studio album, SOUR, released in 2021, was critically acclaimed and beloved by fans, making her second album long anticipated. Writer Isheeta Pal takes on the task of listening to GUTS and reviewing it, delving into its key themes and messaging.


    Album Anatomy: “GUTS”

  • A sign displayed in the store highlights the unique vendors in the store as well as promoting shopping from local artists.


    Hey! Friends shows Ventura why shopping locally matters

  • Christopher Nolan hits it out of the park once again with his brilliantly done biopic about the man who invented the atom bomb, Oppenheimer.


    “Oppenheimer” is a mind-blowingly impactful film

  • In Laufey’s latest album “Bewitched,” released on Sept. 8, 2023, she brings a jazzy and soothing take on the journey of love. Following the success of her previous album, “Everything I Know About Love,” her sophomore album comprises 14 songs, each bringing their own unique spin that is sure to bewitch the listener. Join writer Lily Toreja as she reviews each song and delves into their individual meanings.


    Album Anatomy: “Bewitched” by Laufey

  • On the eventful evening of Sept. 14, 2023, the Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) Dragons faced off against Cate in their third league match. The matchup was very even and came down to the fifth and final set in which the Dragons were unable to secure the win. After bouncing and hitting the ball to set her rhythm, Malia Gray ‘24 (number 9) goes to serve, as her teammates and her alike hope for the best.

    Girls' Volleyball

    Girls’ volleyball endures a hard loss against Cate

  • Jackson Basurto ‘24 and Alfred “Mason” Borkowski ‘24 are in full recruitment mode as students pass by their table. The club offered a fun way to engage with other students while doing something they all enjoy.


    Dragons find their connection at Club Rush 2023

Navigate Right
The Student News Site of Foothill Technology High School

The Foothill Dragon Press

The Student News Site of Foothill Technology High School

The Foothill Dragon Press

Follow Us On Instagram!

Foothill teacher and alumni fight against development on the hillside


The proposed development on part of the Ventura hillside has been an issue in the community in the last few months. Last November at the Poinsettia Pavilion there was a public meeting held by the Ventura City Council discussing whether or not to move forward with development plans.

When the grassroots organization The Neighbors for the Ventura Hillside heard the proposal, they had concerns. According to the organization, the proposal created by Regent, the developers pushing for development of the hillside, had two major problems.

The first was that building on this part of Ventura’s hillside would block existing drainage and the second was that the development would build on almost 50 feet of fill. Fill is dirt used to level out areas so that developments can be built.

Last Monday, a meeting was held at City Hall discussing the pre-application Regent proposed. Regent is pushing for the the City Council to approve the pre-application so they can proceed and make an application outlining the exact construction they’re planning to do.

While the Neighbors for the Ventura Hillside is opposed to the development of the hillside, the degree to which they oppose it varies from person to person. Cherie Eulau, social sciences teacher at Foothill and member of Neighbors for the Ventura Hillside, says that she is not entirely opposed to development on the hillside.


[soundcloud url=”″ params=”color=ff0000&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]


“There are some people in the group who would not like to see any development up there,” Eulau said. As to her own personal opinion on the matter, Eulau says that she would be fine with development happening near places “like where the water tanks are right now,” where the ground has already been leveled.

The goal of the Neighbors for the Ventura Hillside is to convince the City Council to reject Regent’s pre-applications. The pre-application gives a broad idea of what Regent’s plans are for development.

The population of Ventura will not be not voting on this issue. Only members of the City Council will vote on it and two members of this group cannot due to conflict of interest, both living near the area where construction would happen.

Amongst the ranks of the Neighbors for the Ventura Hillside are several Foothill alumni. One alumnus, Spencer Halliwick, has graduated from law school and worked on the petition language for the the Neighbors of the Ventura Hillside. The petition created by the organization is to try and convince the city council to reject Regent’s pre-application.

Other alumni, such as Kazu Koba ‘15 and Aysen Tan ‘14, have made a video about the specific area in which development is planned. Another Foothill alumnus created the group’s Facebook page.

Awareness around Foothill’s student community is limited.

“I don’t think we know much at all,” Foothill senior Karina Cole said.

“I think that’s good because we have an expanding city, it is important to expand the area that it resides in,” Foothill sophomore Sean Ward said.

The various opinion on the Foothill campus reflect the myriad of opinions in the larger Ventura community.

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly implied that the proposed development is for above Mint Ln. The proposed development by Regent Properties is on the land above Ventura High School and is by Ventura’s iconic “V.” A map can be found here. A previous photo depicted houses on Aliso Street, a hillside neighborhood, which is not where the current development is proposed. This note was added Sept. 23, 8:56 a.m.”

Featured Photo Credit: Aysen Tan (Used with permission)
What do you think?
View Comments (5)
More to Discover

Comments (5)

Comments on articles are screened and those determined by editors to be crude, overly mean-spirited or that serve primarily as personal attacks will not be approved. The Editorial Review Board, made up of 11 student editors and a faculty adviser, make decisions on content.
All The Foothill Dragon Press Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • C

    ceulauSep 23, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Thanks for the updated version.

  • C

    Cherie EulauSep 21, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Thank you for making my position clear. However the photograph and my comment about Mint Lane is INACCURATE! The proposed development is nowhere near Mint Lane. It is above Hillcrest near the V above Ventrua High School. I would be happy to provide photographs taken by former Dragon Press journalist and award winner, Aysn Tan.

    • C

      Cherie EulauSep 21, 2015 at 7:43 pm


    • C

      ceulauSep 22, 2015 at 10:19 am


  • N

    NinaSep 20, 2015 at 9:07 am

    PLease write follow up stories as the project and issue proceed!