2019-09-13 E-Edition

City breaks ground on water desalter

Project decades in the making

Nearly 25 years after first detecting problems with local groundwater supplies, city officials broke ground Wednesday on the $66.3 million North Pleasant Valley Groundwater Desalter. Set to be completed in late 2021, the facility will include a treatment plant, three monitoring wells and 2,000 feet of pipeline on 5 acres of currently vacant land near Las Posas and Somis roads. […]

Man accused of sexually assaulting runaways charged with 19 felonies

Prosecutor says T.O. resident could face 25 years in prison

A Thousand Oaks man who has been behind bars since June 2018 on charges of sexually assaulting at least five teenage girls, three of whom were runaways from a foster care facility in Camarillo, is facing 19 felony counts at his scheduled court appearance next month. Mario Gonzalez-Solano, 30, is scheduled to appear for a pretrial hearing Oct. 1 in […]

‘Tricky corner’ at Carmen and Daily causes concern

City planning commissioners have asked a developer to tweak its plans to divide a former tire store at the Carmen Plaza shopping center into five business locations that include a drive-thru coffee shop. Carlsbad-based real estate investment company Brixmor Property Group has submitted an application to the city to demolish the former America’s Tire store on the northwest corner of […]

Kmart’s parent company continues to close stores

What’s happening with the Kmart store on Arneill Road? All indications are that the big-box retailer is nearing its final days in Camarillo, but because the property owner, Santa Barbara-based Investec Real Estate Companies, is in the midst of negotiations for the 107,000-square-foot storefront, the definitive answer to that question is still being kept under wraps. There’s been rumors that […]

Aerial tracking strengthens fire prevention

In the 10 months following the Woolsey fire, Southern California Edison remains Southern California’s whipping boy, a wounded company caught in the crosshairs of an angry public still seething over SCE’s purported role in starting the horrific fire. Already facing a bevy of lawsuits charging that it failed to keep equipment and infrastructure properly maintained, Edison was sued again two […]

Know etiquette regarding guide dogs

September is National Guide Dog Month. A guide dog is a highly trained dog that helps a blind or visually impaired person. They give confidence, mobility and independence to their handlers. There are working guide dogs and puppies in training wearing yellow vests in L.A. County and Ventura County from Guide Dogs of America. It is important to know guide […]

Doing nothing is rubbish

I read with interest and concern Ian Bradley’s Aug. 16 article “Blue recycling bins no longer so green.” I’ve often felt a nagging concern when I toss my rinsed recyclables into the bin each week, wondering if things are really getting recycled efficiently and effectively. Am I doing it right? Is there something more I should be doing with these […]

City’s website hard to navigate

As a citizen of a city it is extremely important to know what’s going on and the changes being made around you. These changes are all discussed through city council meetings held by our city councils. It is very important to know what’s going on in these meetings, which is why cities in Ventura County are required to record these […]

Golf course plans come up short

Unless Mr. Zaruka is planning to invest in a driving range in a different area, the new practice and warmup facility would downgrade the overall quality and experience of a “championship course.” It is debatable whether the course would remain a championship course. Mr. Zaruka’s proposal would use the front nine for residential development. Holes 1, 2, 3 and 4 […]