2020-08-27 E-Edition

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Schools figure out a way

Waiver system, improved virus numbers could open door to in-person classes

Oak Park public schools say they will keep distance learning in place for the time being, despite an Aug. 19 announcement by health officials that public and private elementary schools in Ventura County can submit waiver applications to allow for in-person instruction on campus. In counties that remain on the state’s COVID-19 watch list, including Ventura County, middle and high […]

Las Virgenes puts back-to-school action plan into place

The first day of school is a near-universal experience— new classmates, new teacher, maybe a new campus. In the coronavirus pandemic, it’s an entirely different set of challenges. The Las Virgenes Unified School District resumed classes Aug. 19, but no students set foot on campus, and only a few teachers did. Last spring, teachers and staff were forced immediately to […]

Washburn in and out of City Council race

Veteran leader wants name off the ballot, but it may be too late

A shake-up in the candidate lineup has thrown the Calabasas City Council election into a state of flux. Word came last week that one of the challengers is withdrawing from the Nov. 3 race. Dennis Washburn— who helped found the city, became its first mayor and served on the council for 20 years until his retirement in 2011—joined the City […]

Jailer charged

The Ventura County district attorney’s office has decided to file criminal charges against a sheriff’s deputy accused of groping a female inmate at the pre-trial jail facility in 2019. Leonard Herrera Lopez, 49, was charged with one count of engaging in sexual activity with an inmate and one count of entering the cell of a female inmate without another employee […]

City joins sponsors in backpack distribution

Not so fast, actual poll workers are still needed

Many older volunteers on the sidelines due to coronavirus

While the Nov. 3 trend calls for vote-by-mail, many polling places will still be active. Ventura County is facing a shortage of poll workers because some older volunteers are sheltered at home due to the pandemic. In years past, elections officials relied heavily on elderly people and retirees who could remain at polling places for more than eight hours a […]


Take COVID to the mat and keep it there


After nearly two months in coronavirus purgatory— aka the state’s COVID monitoring list—both Ventura and Los Angeles counties are bracing for a possible exit. For those who question the legality and necessity of the restrictions put in place by the governor on July 13, it’s hard to deny the results: a steady, albeit slow decline in new cases, hospitalizations and […]

Leave flag alone

Let’s unite the nation rather than divide it. The nation’s flag should be a uniting symbol for all our residents. Although I agree with Agoura’s mayor on many things, I disagree with her statement that if the flag being on Ladyface Mountain causes discomfort to some people, then maybe it’s not the appropriate place. Would a similar view be appropriate […]