2020-06-26 E-Edition

Greek fest canceled this summer

Put away the baklava and gyros till next year, as the pandemic has sidelined yet another summer staple in Ventura County. Last week, organizers of the Ventura County Greek Festival announced the cancellation of what would have been the festival’s 43rd year. “As a good neighbor and citizen, we believe it is our moral obligation to keep our guests, vendors, […]

Fiesta organizers hold out hope

Though local events like the Summer Concerts, Wings Over Camarillo Air Show and Fourth of July fireworks will take a hiatus this year, the jury is still out on whether this year’s Camarillo Fiesta and Street Fair will continue. The event draws tens of thousands to Old Town Camarillo. The gathering isn’t likely to happen in July, when Fiesta is […]

Rising numbers worry health chief

Pandemic is still a health crisis, Levin says

COVID-19 | UPDATE Ventura County’s typically soft-spoken public health officer turned to tough talk Tuesday when addressing the Board of Supervisors about the county’s sustained rise in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Asked to discuss business reopenings and the state’s newly minted mask mandate, Dr. Robert Levin veered off into a stern warning to the public. “Let me pause here […]


BROWSING—Above, Valerie White, left, and Kim Kirschbaum of Camarillo look at clothes for sale at Green Goddess Boutique in Old Town on June 20. At right, sales racks sit outside Revolution Board Company on Ventura Boulevard. On June 10, the Camarillo City Council voted to allow sidewalk sales and displays in front of businesses seven days a week during business […]

Antibody testing now free countywide

Data will help medical community understand virus

COVID-19 | UPDATE COVID-19 antibody testing is ramping up all across Ventura County. Though residents could have tests performed privately before now, the county, in partnership with St. John’s Regional Medical Center and the Oxnard Fire Department, has begun its own sampling project to see how widespread the virus is locally. The information provided by the 50,000 tests, which are […]

City plans to deliver $1M in grants

Funding will help 200 businesses

In an effort to help local businesses get back on their feet, the City of Camarillo plans to distribute $1 million through its newly developed business recovery grant program. According to city officials, $5,000 grants will be given to up to 200 eligible businesses in Camarillo as part of its COVID-19 economic recovery plan. The city is also seeking donors […]

Grand jury report: Don’t call it a loan

Focus of inquiry is on transfers to medical center

Like other regional healthcare providers throughout California, Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura is still awaiting funding it is owed from the state. About 75% of the patients the medical center serves are insured by Medi-Cal, which means the state and federal government cover the costs of procedures and checkups for those who are eligible. An ongoing backlog of payments […]

Parents polled to help PVSD officials determine how school will look in fall

Clock is ticking with Aug. 26 start

Although the Pleasant Valley School District is still weighing options about how it will reopen in the fall, district leaders gave updates on the planning process last week and announced that students have the choice of enrolling in a fully online learning program. The first day of the fall semester is still anticipated to be Aug. 26, but due to […]

Face mask argument nothing new in America


Gov. Gavin Newsom’s June 18 mandate that “Californians must wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible” did not sit well with many residents. There are those who feel face masks are government overreach and others who would point to research that masks are harmful. Tempers flared over the issue at Tuesday’s […]