2021-11-26 E-Edition


Firefighters train, deliver gifts

WHO NEEDS A LADDER?—Above, Elliot Taylor, 4, receives a toy from a topsy-turvy Santa during Ventura County Fire Department’s urban search and rescue rope training exercise at Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura. The exercise was part of the Spark of Love toy drive on Nov. 22. The search and rescue team took the opportunity to train while spreading holiday […]

Changes coming to ballot box

Voting centers are replacing polling places

Traditional neighborhood polling places are fading into history for Ventura County elections. That’s because county election officials are transitioning to a new voting model under California’s Voter’s Choice Act in time for next June’s election. The law is meant to expand early voting and flexible voting opportunities. Major provisions in the law include replacing hundreds of polling places open for […]

Costly housing is a fly in economic ointment

More people moving out of state

Ventura County’s economy made a sharp rebound from the depths of the pandemic, but longer standing issues such as the high cost of housing and stagnant economic growth continue to present challenges. Those were the key findings from the 2021 State of the Region report released Nov. 17 by the Ventura County Civic Alliance. Vice Chair David Maron said the […]

Ex-deputy admits to throwing away evidence in drug arrest case

Barrios facing a year in jail

A former Ventura County sheriff’s deputy from Camarillo has pleaded guilty to a felony charge related to destroying evidence in a narcotics investigation, prosecutors said. Investigators said Richard Charles Barrios III, 29, was on patrol Nov. 12, 2019, in Camarillo when he pulled over a female driver for a traffic violation. The woman was the only person in the vehicle. […]


Levin preaches caution as state hits inflection point

Ventura County public health officials say they don’t expect a repeat of 2020, when COVID-19 cases rocketed from around 100 a day to north of 500 between the end of November and late January. Still, Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin said in an interview this week that’s no reason for residents to let their guard down as they prepare […]

Making memories doesn’t require a global supply chain

Close your eyes and recall a gift you received last holiday season. How about two years ago? Three? What about five? Chances are, if you’re a bit older like us, you may have remembered a present you opened last year but after that it becomes hazy. Now, do the same with the people who you spent those holidays with. We’re […]

COMMENTARY: Giving thanks this Chanukah

Giving thanks this Chanukah

As we prepare for this year’s Chanukah festival on Nov. 28 at Constitution Park, steps away from City Hall, I’m naturally reminded of the other holiday that will take place during the weekend Chanukah begins—Thanksgiving. Aside from taking place around the same time of year, there doesn’t seem to be much common ground between a holiday commemorating the pilgrims who […]

Political Cartoon


Nov. 15 Identity theft and the use of counterfeit money were reported in the 500 block of Center Road in Somis. Misdemeanor shoplifting was reported at Polo Ralph Lauren, 950 Camarillo Center Drive. Nov. 16 A car was stolen in the 4000 block of Calle Tesoro. A man, 39, was arrested near Ventura Boulevard and Arneill Road for possession of […]