2019-11-08 E-Edition

Maria fire fully contained, investigation underway

Blaze burned nearly 10,000 acres

Though Ventura County Fire Department officials confirmed the Maria fire was fully extinguished Wednesday, the cause of the fire that started Halloween night remains under investigation, said Engineer Mike Des Forges, a spokesperson for the department. The blaze, which scorched nearly 10,000 acres, broke out Oct. 31 around 6:15 p.m. atop South Mountain, part of a ridgeline that separates Santa […]

Putting the pieces back together

Memorial honors the 12 lost at Borderline

Twelve months. Twelve lives. It’s been one year since the shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill claimed the lives of a dozen innocent victims. Last Friday and Saturday, families of those lost in the massacre met at Conejo Creek Park North to set in stone the memories of their loved ones. The families of the victims had the opportunity to […]

Supervisors again extend oil drill ban outside city

Concern centers on ground water

For the second time this year, the county Board of Supervisors has extended an urgency moratorium on steam-injection oil drilling beneath an aquifer system that provides drinking water to approximately half a million Ventura County residents. The supervisors’ vote Tuesday extended the ordinance, which was set to expire Dec. 7, through Dec. 6, 2020, the maximum time the county can […]

Light for safer turn

Drivers turning left at Las Posas Road and Temple Avenue will have an easier go of it because of a traffic change coming soon to the busy intersection. Camarillo is seeking applications from engineering companies to install left-turn arrows at Las Posas and Temple. On Wednesday, the City Council gave staff the go-ahead to put out a request for professional […]

Burglars to be sentenced

Stole from 2 Camarillo schools

An Oxnard man who owned a Westlake Village computer repair company faces a maximum of 15 years in prison next month for burglarizing schools across Ventura County, including stealing some $20,000 in computer equipment from a Camarillo elementary school. Police arrested Cory Fletcher, then 44, and Karrina Cortez, then 19, in April 2016. Authorities had linked the two to a […]


Oct. 28 Two cases of misdemeanor shoplifting were reported at Target, 209 W. Ventura Blvd. Oct. 29 A 23-year-old man was arrested for felony reckless driving in the 900 block of Paseo Camarillo. Oct. 30 Felony residential burglary was reported in the 40 block of Ramona Place. Misdemeanor pet ty thef t occurred in the 10 block of Lemon Drive. […]

In moving forward, how far have we really come?

Well, Ventura County, we’ve made it. Yesterday marked exactly one year from the day 12 beautiful souls were ripped away from us inside Borderline Bar and Grill. Brothers, sisters, best friends, cousins, nephews, nieces. Unimaginable horror heaped upon unimaginable horror. Will it get better two years from now? Three? It’s impossible to say. We know this date should be, now […]

‘Fast friends’ with dictators

A recent letter to the editor stated that Trump accomplished more than any president in recorded history. Hardly. The Dow Jones average has been increasing ever since the Obama administration. Likewise, unemployment, including black unemployment, has been decreasing during the same time, according to the government’s own statistics. No better healthcare has appeared. In fact, the administration has tried to […]

A doggone good article

Special thanks to Brooke Stanley who wrote a wonderful article about our program at the Camarillo and Simi animal shelters called VCAS Rescue Readers. Brooke did an excellent job reporting about our program and truly captured what this program is all about. We encourage young readers, ages 4 to 14, to come with their parents or guardians to read to […]