2020-09-11 E-Edition

‘It weighs on our hearts’

Chaplains face challenges ministering to the sick in pandemic

The Rev. Kate Lewis will never forget the stoic face of a man pressed against the dark glass walls of St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital. He cupped his hands against the glass, his burly shoulders hunched, as he tried to see past his own reflection to his wife, who had contracted COVID-19 and lay unconscious in an ICU hospital bed […]

Council, residents hear from police chief

Since discussions about the Camarillo Police Department’s contract and policies began in June, the Camarillo City Council has been delving into the inner workings of the department and its complex $18.1-million contract for police services with the city. Mayor Tony Trembley, Vice Mayor Susan Santangelo and Councilmembers Shawn Mulchay and Kevin Kildee recently attended a tour of the Ventura County […]

County sees its numbers improve

Ventura County hasn’t checked all the boxes to advance to the next stage in Gov. Newsom’s new color-coded COVID reopening tier system, but county authorities are hoping to be given an exception. Newsom’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” places counties in one of four colored tiers based on two metrics—new COVID-19 cases and percentage of positive to negative tests—purple being […]

Remembering the lessons of 9/11

Today marks the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and flags throughout Ventura County and nationwide will be at half-staff. Most tributes have been canceled this year as the world tries to make its way through one disaster while remembering another. Though parallels can be found between 9/11 and the COVID-19 pandemic—both for the good and the bad—parsing […]

Couple supports Kildee

We are less than two months away from the fall general election, and we will be electing two Camarillo council members. Joan and I have been residents of Camarillo since 1960, more than 60 years. We have a delightful city in which we raised our children. It is a great place to shop, to dine and to live. We have […]

She has her husband’s vote

I’m writing in support of Bev Dransfeldt for director of Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District 2020. I’m not one to speak up often and will freely admit to the bias inherent in being married to Bev, but I truly believe that the city’s park and recreation resources would benefit from her detail-oriented and fair-minded guidance. Bev’s wide-ranging experience and […]

Descending into madness

Our country is being assaulted from within, and we are descending into civic madness. Young people are at the center of this insanity, encouraged by corrupt officials. History tends to repeat itself, and that’s relevant to America now. From 1966 to 1976, China experienced a cultural revolution. Chinese young people were at the center. They maimed, tortured, killed and even […]

Wants universal healthcare

Many Ventura County citizens have lost their jobs along with employer-based health insurance during the pandemic. It’s disappeared overnight. This is why single-payer universal healthcare, better known as Medicare For All, is the answer. All healthcare, including dental, vision, and mental health care, is covered with no charge at the point of service, whether you have a job or not. […]

For seniors? Not so much

Shea Homes is advertising its new housing development for seniors over 55 years old. With that in mind, it would follow that the home prices and sizes would be designed for retiring seniors, right? I’m not sure how our city allowed Shea Homes to provide and set prices for this senior housing development, but it would appear from the following […]