2013-08-23 / Business

County clerk open for business

By Anna Bitong


SHARING SPACE—The Ventura County Clerk and Recorder’s office recently opened a satellite location at Thousand Oaks City Hall. A ribbon-cutting is planned for next Thursday at 10 a.m. 
IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers SHARING SPACE—The Ventura County Clerk and Recorder’s office recently opened a satellite location at Thousand Oaks City Hall. A ribbon-cutting is planned for next Thursday at 10 a.m. IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers Moorpark residents can now go to Thousand Oaks for marriage licenses and copies of vital records.

The Ventura County Clerk and Recorder’s office will have two representatives at the Thousand Oaks City Hall city clerk’s office twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will issue marriage licenses by appointment and provide copies of birth, death and marriage records.

Real property recordings and fictitious business name statement filings can also be completed at the office.

However, wedding ceremonies will be performed only in the main Ventura office.

The services, which have been offered at City Hall since Aug. 6, were previously available only in Ventura.

Thousand Oaks City Clerk Linda Lawrence said that County Clerk Mark Lunn had approached the city with the idea of opening an East County satellite office in T.O.

The county issues more than 4,500 marriage licenses for Ventura County residents every year, and about 30 percent of those licenses are issued to East County residents.

“The city currently contracts with the county for election services, so we’ve always had a good relationship with them,” Lawrence said.

City staff previously issued marriage licenses for the county, but the service stopped in 2005 because of a decline in the number of licenses issued, in part due to higher costs that included a charge for city staff time, increased processing time and the need for city staff to focus on duties related to the city clerk department, according to a staff report.

The county clerk services will be offered through at least January 2017 as part of an agreement approved by the T.O. City Council in November.

The county will pay the city $2,400 a year for the first two years of the deal and $2,520 for the last two years, a staff report said.

After four years, the annual rate will be renegotiated, and the agreement will automatically be renewed every year.

The county or the city may terminate the agreement with 60 days’ notice.

David Valenzuela, operations manager for the clerk and recorder’s office, said that if the collaboration is successful, services and hours may be expanded

Since it opened last week, the satellite office has had a steady stream of customers and scheduled several marriage license appointments, he said.

“It’s going to be a huge benefit for East County residents, and I see us getting customers from Los Angeles County,” Valenzuela said. “We are happy and excited about it.”

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