2020-12-11 E-Edition

Kindling a feeling of generosity

EVERY DONATION HELPS— Ventura County Fire Department volunteers Chris Santoyo, above, and Nolan Johnson, below, gather toys from donors at the Spark of Love drive-thru Dec. 6 at Fire Station 50 on Las Posas Road. There are dozens of locations throughout the county where residents can drop off donations for the 28th annual regionwide campaign that provides holiday gifts for […]

Craven’s mayoral turn is historic

Council breaks informal tradition, passes over Santangelo

While council members being sworn in over Zoom may have been a new practice, the Camarillo City Council’s pick for mayor during last week’s meeting was not. Charlotte Craven was selected for the seat for the eighth time in her 34 years on the council. Her appointment marks the most mayoral terms served by one person in the city’s history, […]

Affordable housing project heads to council

Separate 385-unit project on Camino Ruiz given OK

An affordable housing project proposed for the former Stock Lumber Yard on Barry Street is headed to the Camarillo City Council for review. The Camarillo Planning Commission voted unanimously Dec. 1 to recommend that the council approve a number of zone changes, general plan amendments and permits necessary to build the 68-unit affordable housing development at the southwest corner of […]

PVSD campuses on precipice of closure

Decision rests on COVID rates

After two weeks with all grade levels back on campus, Pleasant Valley School District leaders are preparing for the possibility of closing schools in the coming weeks. Though the state’s latest stayhome order does not require schools that have already opened to close, the district is close to hitting its own metrics for closure, which rely on the county’s overall […]

Selfishness, not business, behind surge

It’s not new orders, restrictions or gubernatorial decrees that are going to get us through the final wretched months of the coronavirus. It’s not the sheriff’s office or the health department. It is us. At this point it’s fair to say we as a county have failed to prevent a winter surge, which some experts had warned would come since […]


Appreciation for ‘Angels Unaware’

Recently I was at a local car wash and I tripped over a wheel stop and landed face-down on the concrete. Two young ladies and one’s daughter were pulling into the parking space next to me and witnessed my fall. They immediately came to my side to give me any help they could. They offered to drive me home and, […]

City needs to go green

2020 has been the most destructive wildfire season in California history. I’m all for setting records, but not when it comes to burning millions of acres worth of land. West Coast wildfires are costing municipalities millions of dollars in damage repair and raising homeowners’ insurance premiums. According to the National Park Service website, scientists predict that 35% of animals and […]

Support Craven

Kudos to the Camarillo City Council on electing Councilmember Charlotte Craven as mayor of Camarillo. She has shown herself over her years of public service to be a person with sound judgment and concern about our community. Most importantly, she will stand up for the little guy even when there is great inducement not to take a stand. Case in […]