2020-11-13 E-Edition


Pleasant Valley’s reopening plans for middle schools complicated by rise in infection rates

In the third week of reopening for Pleasant Valley School District, hand sanitizer, air hugs and adaptability are the name of the game. The district, which has been reopening its 11 schools in phases based on grade level, welcomed its youngest students back on campus Oct. 26, followed by students in first through third grades the next week. Fourth and […]

County headed for return to purple

Ventura County is seeing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases and could regress to the purple tier of the governor’s blueprint for reopening as early as Tuesday. The change from red to purple means a host of businesses and establishments would need to revert to outdoor activities only and some, like movie theaters, would have to close altogether. “Quite frankly, it’s […]

City Council votes to give new life to 120-year-old farmhouse

Following protest from community members and conservation groups, a 120-year-old Camarillo farmhouse that sits on 43 acres destined to become a housing development will not be demolished. The Scholle farmhouse, a boarded-up building along the north side of the 101 Freeway, will be moved almost 300 yards from its current location, rehabilitated and listed on the market as a single-family […]

Council turns to solar to keep power on in an emergency

In the face of worsening fire seasons and increasing public safety power shut-offs, the City of Camarillo is seeking grant funding for a $20-million project to install solar and battery backup power sources at multiple city facilities. The City Council voted Oct. 28 to design hybrid microgrids, which will use a combination of diesel generators, batteries and solar panels, at […]

Camarillo man found guilty of lewd acts with a child

Camarillo resident Anthony Robert Ultreras, 39, was found guilty Nov. 6 of charges of lewd acts with a child under 14 and child molestation, according to the district attorney’s office. Ultreras had previously pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and admitted to an earlier conviction for lewd acts with a child under 14, the D.A. said. According to a […]

Four arraigned on benefits fraud charges

Four people have been charged with felonies related to their alleged participation in a scheme to accept more than $3.8 million dollars in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, according to Ventura County District Attorney Greg Totten. Jose Refugio Carbajal, 53, and Adelina Carbajal, 55, both of Camarillo, were charged with two counts of public benefits fraud, two counts of grand […]

Somis man pleads not guilty to assault charges

A 28-year-old Somis man who was arrested in August on suspicion of ramming into a police car has pleaded not guilty to the three misdemeanors and four felonies he is charged with, including two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer. Among the other charges facing defendant Frankie Avalos are evading police, failing to pull over […]

Striking a balance between privacy and transparency

The staccato bursts of coded conversation familiar to anyone who has listened to police scanners have long been the background noise of newsrooms nationwide as a way to monitor crime and emergencies in real-time. More than just journalists, the ranks of curious citizens listening to police calls have swelled in recent years, as new smartphone apps have made following cops […]