2020-10-30 E-Edition


Library one of six locations in Camarillo

Ventura County’s 460,000 registered voters have three options to return their vote-by-mail ballot: official ballot drop box, in-person voting location or through the mail with no postage necessary. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before Nov. 3 and received by Nov. 20 to be counted. All valid vote-by-mail ballots are counted in every election in California, regardless […]

Budget ‘really bounced back a lot quicker than expected’

Uncertainty remains as pandemic continues

According to the City of Camarillo’s first-quarter budget report, local recovery from pandemic-related closures is progressing faster than officials predicted. “I think we braced for a slow recovery and it really bounced back a lot quicker than expected so far,” said Mark Uribe, interim director of finance. “We expect that the rest of the fiscal year will not be as […]

Vons to move into Kmart site

Shopping center to get a makeover

After months of questions about the fate of the long-vacant Kmart building in the Central Plaza shopping center on Arneill Road, city officials say the building will be torn down to make way for the construction of a new Vons supermarket, which will move from a smaller storefront in the same shopping center. Officials said Investec Real Estate, the Santa […]

Affordable housing planned for site south of Camarillo

Apartments for low-income seniors

At least 1,740 people are living without a home in Ventura County, according to the county’s latest count, though officials suspect the actual number is much higher. A new affordable-housing development proposed for a 2-acre site just outside of Camarillo city limits could help ease those numbers and provide low-cost options for people at risk of becoming homeless due to […]

Report: Equipment failure caused Maria fire

Equipment failure on electrical distribution lines owned and operated by California Resources Corp.caused the 2019 Maria fire, which burned nearly 10,000 acres and damaged four structures. The cause was determined by an investigation by the Ventura Fire Department and Cal Fire. Fire investigators found that an electrical conductor separated and contacted a metal pipe on the ground, igniting the blaze. […]

Election Day is right around the corner

Deep breath, Camarillo, Election Day is four days away. The ballot is heavy with local candidates and measures that have been making headlines since summer. An election unlike any other in recent memory unfolds in the midst of a worldwide pandemic that has shaped the political conversation as much as it has transformed the process. Still, democracy has proven stronger […]

Support for slate of challengers

As a civil rights leader in Ventura County, my advocacy for equity is important due to the impact of the health of individuals and for the overall health of a community. Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District is in urgent need of transparency and equitable access to our sports fields. Five months ago, the district was served with a letter […]

Botello-Lopez the right choice

I would like to endorse my friend and colleague Elizabeth M. Botello-Lopez, who is running for the Oxnard Union High School District board of trustees. I feel that it is high time that families have a board member who is current with the many issues that face our students and who will give her full attention to matters such as […]

Crosby right for school board

I’m writing on behalf of my lifelong and valued friend Geoffrey Crosby, a dedicated father, Ventura County businessman and philanthropist. He is running for the Oxnard Union High School District board. Too long has Geoffrey stood on the sidelines alongside his son watching the deterioration of the school system, misappropriation of funds amidst pension mismanagement, school accreditations in jeopardy and […]