2020-02-21 E-Edition

Crews put plant in the ground

facility most expensive public works project in Camarillo’s history

A giant crane hoisted large slabs of concrete and slowly set them into the massive hole in the ground where construction workers were installing metal rebar to support the 18-inch-thick walls of Camarillo’s new groundwater desalter plant. On Tuesday afternoon the work was well underway on the most expensive public works project in the city’s history. So far, over 1,000 […]

Boy Scouts of America declares Chapter 11 in wake of sex abuse claims

County’s districts are separate

The Boy Scouts of America, a well-known youth organization, filed for bankruptcy Tuesday to financially protect itself from a growing number of lawsuits filed by men who say they were sexually abused as Scouts. The Chapter 11 filing, the 110-year-old nonprofit said, will allow the Boy Scouts to continue operating while it forms a trust that will “equitably compensate” victims. […]

T.O. man changes plea in felony child sex abuse case

Admits to most serious charges

A Thousand Oaks man faces sentencing next month after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting teenage girls, including three runaways from a Camarillo foster care facility. Mario Gonzalez-Solano, 31, is scheduled to be sentenced March 9 in Ventura Superior Court after pleading guilty Feb. 6 to five felonies involving illegal sex with a minor. He originally pleaded not guilty in May […]

City changing housing laws

State forces the move

City Council members weren’t pleased in December when they heard about new state laws going into effect this year that would supersede local housing ordinances and building codes. At least 10 new laws passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor to tackle California’s housing crisis will require the city to update local codes on housing, Joe Vacca, community […]

Read to me

PUP TENT—Above, Owen Hudson, 4, of Camarillo looks through a picture book as Zoey, a therapy dog, takes a closer look at Owen during the Let’s Explore event at kid STREAM Children’s Museum Feb. 18 in Camarillo. Three therapy dogs from Love on a Leash were on hand for kids to read to during the event. Below, Jessie Kiely, 4, […]

School district upset over campaign ad

Stephenson’s record targeted

Oxnard Union High School District leaders are crying foul over a recent political television commercial that they say paints a misleading picture of Adolfo Camarillo High School and unnecessarily brings the public school into the political arena. The 30-second TV spot says Kim Marra Stephenson, a candidate for the Board of Supervisors 3rd District seat, has a “record of failure” […]

Small winery preparing to move to Camarillo

Pending approval by state liquor licensing officials, a selftaught vintner who started out by bottling wines in his home will be moving his business from Westlake Village to Camarillo. Owner Dustin “Dusty” Nabor is moving the Nabor Wines LLC production facilities into a 2,263-square-foot space on Flynn Road. “Our facility in Westlake Village has re-purposed the building and it became […]

Done correctly, school-shooter drills have value

School lockdowns are relatively common at Camarillo schools. Lockdowns are used for a variety of reasons, including nearby policerelated incidents, if an animal is on campus or if there is a domestic incident on school grounds. Lockdowns are used to keep students in a safe and locked classroom and out of harm’s way while an emergency ensues. Some last a […]

Looks at challenger’s past

I just received an expensive mailer from the Ventura County Democratic Central Committee, captioned “Attention Democrats,” asking me to vote for Kim Stephenson for supervisor. I have been a registered Democrat for 52 years; why is the Democratic Party spending so much on a nonpartisan race? And why doesn’t the piece mention that she was the principal of Camarillo High […]