2021-02-12 E-Edition

Council charts future course

Looks at where, how city spends tax dollars

How can the City of Camarillo make up for pandemic-induced revenue losses? What is the best way to respond to mental health crises? When should the city begin transitioning to electric vehicles? These were just a few of the topics the City Council addressed last week while creating an annual goals and objectives document that will act as a road […]

Kicking it in the pool

LEARNING THE ROPES—Above, Oliver Westfall, 5, of Camarillo practices swimming on his back Feb. 9 at the Pleasant Valley Aquatic Center in Camarillo. Below, Mason Spencer, 6, of Camarillo dives into the pool. The swim center is closed to the public, but private lessons are available during the week. More information can be found at www.pvrpd.org/aquatics

Man pleads not guilty to sexual assault, attempted murder

A man arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting two elderly women and the attempted murder of a 6-year-old girl has pleaded not guilty to a host of felony charges filed by the Ventura County district attorney’s office. Joel Gonzales, a 25-year-old Camarillo resident, was charged with the Oct. 15 sexual assaults of two women, ages 82 and 90. The women […]

Now up: County residents 65 and older

Appointments still limited

Despite a shortage of supply, Ventura County officials announced Tuesday they were making COVID-19 vaccines available to everyone between the ages of 65 and 74. The coveted shots offering protection from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus had previously only been available to healthcare workers and those 75 and older, but the majority of those groups have received at […]

Nasarenko shaking up leadership team at DA’s office

Ventura County’s new district attorney, Erik Nasarenko, is wasting no time making changes. Appointed to replace longtime DA Greg Totten in January, the 50-year-old Ventura resident said Feb. 2 he is working with veteran prosecutor Lisa Lyytikainen to put together a new management team to lead the department that will look far different than the last. On the way out: […]

Board of Supervisors makes hemp boundaries permanent

Nearly a year after a temporary order eliminated almost all of the hemp fields in Ventura County, the Board of Supervisors found a compromise to allow the new crop to flourish without disturbing nearby residents. The regulations, which were approved in a 3-1 vote in December, limit the planting, growing and harvesting of industrial hemp when it is within a […]

When it comes to vaccine, patience is best medicine

Frustrated by the vaccine rollout? So are county health officials, but before you get too upset, step back and see the big picture. Distributing the vaccine is a problem on a global scale. That’s not hyperbole. Ventura County is one of 58 counties in the state and but a fraction of the over 3,000 in the country. And the U.S. […]


Already feeling better

Ten days ago I received my first vaccination, the Moderna one. My experience was absolutely stunning. I immediately felt an immunity start to develop. I am continuing to feel better and better. I am well down the road to immunity. A fellow nationally ranked swimmer told me he was worried about side effects of the vaccination; however, a side effect […]