2022-03-26 E-Edition


GREEN TEAM—On St. Patrick’s Day, St. Mary Magdalen School Principal Mike Ronan was “slimed” as a way to reward students for raising over $44,000 during the Catholic private school’s jog-athon last month. The principal, dressed as a leprechaun, was a good sport and sat through cups of slime from 180 students who appear to have enjoyed the opportunity to turn […]

Post-pandemic, schools see rise in behavioral issues

Suspensions have doubled on some campuses as officials offer more counseling for kids

Officials with the Pleasant Valley School District have seen a surge of fights and other misbehavior since students returned to campus at the start of the school year after distance learning and say it might be related to social isolation. Suspensions have doubled at some campuses compared with the same time frame just before the start of distance learning in […]

Johnson selected as interim county CEO

Search underway for permanent replacement

The Board of Supervisors has appointed Sevet Johnson, director of the county’s behavioral health department, to lead the county while it conducts a nationwide search for a permanent replacement for Mike Powers. Powers, who served as county CEO for over a decade, stepped down this month after being placed on paid leave amid a sexual harassment and workplace discrimination investigation. […]

Virtual meetings proven to provide greater access

As restrictions lift, future of videoconferencing is uncertain

Before the pandemic, holding government meetings remotely would have been illegal under California’s open meetings law, the Brown Act. But a temporary emergency public health policy enacted by the state during the pandemic has allowed the used of online platforms such as Zoom to conduct public meetings. Now elected officials are wondering if some forms of remote meetings should be […]

Four arrested on suspicion of tagging

Four people were arrested last month on suspicion of vandalism, and Camarillo police are hoping the arrests will help put an end to a recent spike in graffiti. Vandals have been targeting highly visible locations, including freeway overpass signs, since the start of the year, police said. Deputies received a report of vandalism in progress Feb. 13 on a public […]

Sheriff’s deputy opens fire on car driven by theft suspect

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office continues the search for the person or people suspected of stealing a catalytic converter that led to a chase and, ultimately, a deputy firing his gun in a residential neighborhood in Thousand Oaks on Saturday. Meanwhile an internal investigation is underway to review whether the deputy acted within department policy when he opened fire on […]

First Amendment advocacy group says board violated Brown Act

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors ran afoul of the state’s open meetings law the night it voted in closed session to put then-county CEO Mike Powers on paid administrative leave, according to people familiar with the law. The county attorney disagrees. Up for debate: whether placing Powers, the county’s top employee, on leave March 8 constituted a change in […]

EDITORIAL: We agree, sunshine is the best disinfectant

“Sunshine is the best disinfectant. We’re an open book. We’re happy to have the review.” Shawn Atin, head of the County of Ventura’s human resources department, made that statement during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. While we hope Atin’s sentiment is shared by the five supervisors and leadership on the fourth floor at the government center in Ventura, recent events […]

Questions letter writer’s motives

On March 12 the Acorn published a letter from David Woodbury titled “Club gets richer from park paid for by taxpayers.” Although Mr. Woodbury has been a frequent critic of the Eagles Youth Soccer Club, his claims are typically erroneous, so I tend to ignore them. This time, I would like the opportunity to clear up a few things. Unlike […]