2010-08-27

A reminder of what to have in emergency kit

Families should practice home evacuation plan

The American Red Cross Ventura County Chapter wants families to be safe as they head into fall. Most back-to-school shopping lists feature items like pencils, notebooks and folders. This year, the Red Cross advises also having items for an emergency preparedness kit. At a minimum, have the basic supplies listed below. Keep supplies in an easy-to-carry container that can be […]

Sheriff’s Blotter



Camarillo Sometime between Aug. 16 and 17, vandals caused more than $400 in damage to multiple properties in the 200 block of Mobile Avenue. Sometime between Aug. 17 and 18, a vandal caused $1,000 in damage to a car parked near Saturn and Shalimar streets. Sometime between Aug. 17 and 18, a purse was stolen from a locker room at […]

Cops put their best feet forward




Capt. Randy Pentis has seen a lot of people suffer in his years with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. It’s especially frustrating for the father of three to stand by helpless when a child is sick with a serious illness. “As cops in general, as a culture, we’re kind of fixers,” said Pentis, 52, who’s 24-year-old son was diagnosed with […]

Supports fair pay law



Eighty-four percent of Americans support providing women with more tools to get fair pay, according to a poll conducted in June by the Paycheck Fairness Act Coalition. The Paycheck Fairness Act (S182) would do just that, updating and strengthening the Equal Pay Act of 1963 by closing loopholes and taking meaningful steps to empower women to negotiate for equal pay. […]

From grief springs hope



Thank you so much for the amazing article about Laurie Perr (Camarillo Acorn, Aug. 20). It was such a wonderful tribute to Laurie, which is what these last nine months of planning Laurie’s Gift has been all about. It’s funny; because Karen and I called the walk Laurie’s Gift, at first I was thinking of the money raised for Autism […]

Free workshop offered to caretakers



National Alliance on Mental Illness Ventura County is offering a free 11-week course from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays at Calvary Community Church, 5495 Via Rocas, Westlake Village. The first class has already met. The course is for family members, partners and friends of individuals with major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), schizophrenia and schizo affective disorder, panic disorder […]

PVSD board approves new middle school dean position

One-year contract initially proposed


The Pleasant Valley School District board agreed at the Aug. 19 meeting to create the position of middle school dean. Superintendent Luis Villegas said the move is necessary because one of the middle schools in the district is interested in hiring a dean but the position didn’t exist. The duties of a dean are similar to those of a vice […]

Sky riders



District’s spending practices questioned




A lawyer for a civil rights organization recently requested travel and other expense documents from the Oxnard Union High School District. An official with the League of United Latin American Citizens said his organization was forced earlier this month to have its Ventura law firm, Bamieh and Erickson, request three years’ worth of audits and expense documents, including travel claims […]

Serving up some lunch, appreciation