April 17, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

City restructures staff to save money in long run

Officials expect move to save $214K a year

The city is reorganizing its staff to save money in the coming years. The Camarillo City Council voted to combine the human resources division and the general services department during its April 8 meeting. More...

Health & Wellness

Volunteering is a family affair

TOGETHER IN MISSION—The National Charity League, Inc. Ventura County Chapter held its annual award ceremony March 22 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ventura. More...

Channel Islands expecting the birth of 100th bald eagle

The 100th bald eagle is expected to naturally hatch and fledge on the California Channel Islands this spring following efforts to reestablish the birds after their disappearance from the islands by 1960. More...

County social services gather under one roof

Departments will consolidate in Simi Valley

Several Ventura County social services departments throughout the city will soon be consolidated into one Simi Valley office building on Madera Road. More...

Sports

All-Star team jams to the win

TASTY WIN—The Camarillo girls’ U-12 AYSO All-Star soccer team took first place in the Moorpark Apricot Jam Tournament April 12. More...

Devyn is dynamite

Super sophomore stars for Rio Mesa’s track and field team

Devyn Weisenberger turns running into art. The sophomore track and field standout for Rio Mesa High has perfected her running form as a masterpiece of movement. More...

Camarillo’s Bales bound for North Dakota school

THE NEXT LEVEL—Sophie Bales, a standout for the Camarillo High girls’ soccer team, will take her talents to the University of Jamestown in North Dakota. More...

Faith

Sisters spread God’s message of hope, goodness

Ministry has focused on providing education, social services and healthcare

Nuns are the hands, the eyes and the heart of God. Founded in Germany in 1850, the Sisters of Notre Dame is an international congregation of nuns doing work in 18 countries on five continents. More...

On The Town

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Company band to hit the stage

On April 25, the Ventura County Blues Festival makes its annual appearance at Moorpark College, and this year one of its founders and longtime volunteers will be a performer. More...

BRIEFS

Stroll through spring gardens The 19th annual Camarillo Hospice Spring Garden Tour will take place from noon to 4 p.m. More...

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Columns

Reader response

I just never know when something I write will strike a nerve with more readers than usual. More...

That old devil wind

A wind devil came whirling out of a neighbor’s driveway one warm afternoon recently. The day had been gusty earlier but by then had grown becalmed. More...

Real Estate

Twenty Oaks inThousand Oaks celebrates its model home grand opening this weekend

Twenty Oaks, a gated and intimate enclave of 20 spacious single-family homes in Thousand Oaks by The New Home Company, will debut model homes and commence sales with a grand opening set for Sat. and Sun., April 18 and 19. More...

Troop Real Estate honors top agents at annual awards ceremony

Troop Real Estate, Inc. held its 28th annual awards celebration to honor the success and achievements of the company’s real estate professionals from the 2014 fiscal year on April 2 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village. More...

Five-bedroom home with pool, spacious kitchen

This single-story pool home features fresh landscaping, a courtyard entrance, a step-down living room with a fireplace and vaulted ceiling and a step-up dining room with a chandelier. More...

Camarillo teacher arrested on lewd acts charge

T.O. man had similar charge in 2008, but case was dropped

A teacher at a K-5 school in Camarillo was arrested this week on suspicion of committing lewd acts with a minor between the ages of 15 and 16, crimes the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office says took place in 2011 and 2012. More...

Give Mom her due

The dads have spoken. Yes, they loved seeing themselves through their children’s eyes, depicted in the annual Acorn Draw Dad feature. More...

Community

Camarillo up to challenge in water conservation mandate

Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent call on water agencies throughout California to cut water use by 25 percent doesn’t have Camarillo leaders as concerned about the historic mandate as heads of other cities in the drought-plagued state may be. More...

Work continues to help Camarillo Springs homeowners

Although more than $1 million has been spent to grade and create barriers on the hill above the Camarillo Springs neighborhood that was covered in mud and debris following heavy rains late last year, the cleanup effort is far from over. More...

Public can tour government center

The General Services Agency Grounds Department will conduct a free tour of the Ventura County Government Center grounds at noon on Earth Day, Wed., April 22 at 800 Victoria Ave., Ventura. More...

Business

Curious where, how tax dollars are spent? Website provides answers

Financial information shared through charts and graphs

Ventura County has launched a website that will give taxpayers timely information on how, when and where their money is spent. More...

Unemployment rate in county has dropped

Construction still weakest sector

The California Labor Market Information Division recently released its February 2015 report, showing some outstanding gains in jobs and employment, but also showing some volatility carried over from January’s annual data recalibration. More...

Schools

A special young lady

STAND-OUT STUDENT—Alyssa Arellano, afifth-grade student at Las Posas Elementary School, received the Camarillo Noontime Optimist Club Youth We Appreciate Award at the club’s March 2 meeti More...

Rio Mesa students shine at county science fair

Two headed to state contest in May

The Rio Mesa Spartans had an impressive debut at the 2015 Ventura County Science Fair. More...

Pets

LOVABLE

LOVABLE—Magic is a 6-yearold Labrador retriever-pit bull terrier mix. He is very friendly, knows basic commands and is very trainable. More...

Police

SHERIFF'S BLOTTER

April 1 A mailbox was pried open in the first block of Aviador Street between April 1 and 3. A man, 19, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance and shoplifting in the 2000 block of Las Posas Road. April 2 More...

Family

Vacations offer chance for family bonding, fun

Summer is almost upon us and it’s time to start planning the family vacation. Even if the budget is tight, the opportunity to spend quality time with spouse and children is not something that should be passed up. More...

Calendar

The Acorn's guide to what's going on

FRI., APRIL 17 Huge Charity Rummage Sale 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Saturday at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 380 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. Benefits church ministries and Samaritan Center. Phone: 805.526.5141. Email: stfrancischurch@roadrunner.com. More...

Letters

‘Enough is enough’

In reading over the March 27 issue, I can’t believe the citizens of Camarillo agree with the idea of a convention center and hotel for the 12-acre site near Las Posas Road and Ventura Boulevard. What we need is less traffic and more water. More...

Librarian seeks vet’s picture

I am the teacher librarian at Adolfo Camarillo High School and I am asking a favor of you. More...

Freedom of religion

Regarding those that oppose prayer before public meetings: The U.S. More...

Editorials

If you love Mom, then it’s time to Draw Mom

If Mom had an actual hat for each role she played and wore every single one at the same time, she’d probably have a stack as tall as a skyscraper on top of her head. OK fine, maybe not that tall. But it would surely test Mom’s balance. More...

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Neighbors

Seventh-grade students do their part to help planet

The Green Team tries to reduce amount of trash at lunch

The Green Team at Camarillo Academy of Progressive Education Charter School is challenging students to pack waste-free lunches and help out Mother Earth. More...