Shelter seeks kitten food

Ventura County Animal Services has organized a drive to collect food for the 3,000 kittens expected to enter the shelter this year. The Camarilo shelter at 600 Aviation Drive needs about 54,000 cans of kitten food and 7,000 ounces of kitten formula to give to the volunteers who foster the animals. To donate, go to or — Makena […]

‘Beloved’ Mexican eatery serving again

Owner says, ’We’ll be sure to stay open from now on’

Orlando Orozco said part of the reason he reopened Lalo’s Mexican Food in Moorpark this week was because he owed it to the community. The restaurant owner also owed it to himself. “It’s a long time coming,” Orozco said. “But it’s one of the things I owe the people of Moorpark, to have them back at their beloved establishment.” The […]

Elvira a top dog at Westminster

Elvira, an Italian greyhound from Camarillo, was a long way from home as her paws touched down in New York City for the 147th Westminster Dog Show. But she strutted her stuff and was awarded Best in Breed for Italian greyhounds at the show. She was shown by 25-year-old Emily White. Emily’s parents, Jeffrey White and Darcy Della Flora, have […]

Ride for the blue

REMEMBERING RON HELUS—More than 400 motorcycle riders from 66 California cities take part in the Ron Helus Ride for the Blue on May 6 across Ventura County. Kicking off in Simi Valley, above, the event honors first responders and is named for the Ventura County sheriff’s sergeant who died in the 2018 Borderline massacre in Thousand Oaks. At left, Ventura […]

Adventist hospitals earn patient safety award

All three Adventist Health hospitals in Southern California have each received a 2023 Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades. The distinction places Adventist Health’s Glendale, Simi Valley and White Memorial hospitals among the top 5% and top 10% of all short-term acute care hospitals as evaluated by Healthgrades. “Through our 2023 Patient Safety Excellence Awards, we seek to recognize hospitals […]

Exhibit shows ‘boundless’ talent of artists

The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center is hosting “Boundless Encounters: A group exhibit by the Simi Valley Art Association” through June 25 in its Upper Gallery, 3050 E. Los Angeles Ave. The exhibit showcases the variety of artwork and skill of members of the Simi Valley Art Association, which has been serving the area for nearly 60 years. The association […]

All in the family

Mason Flame has been learning how to throw kicks and punches since he was old enough to walk. He’s following in the highly skilled footsteps of his father, Jason Flame, a black belt grandmaster and owner of Moorpark Karate & Krav Maga. The 18-year-old was promoted to fourth-degree black belt master at a May 13 event at his dad’s karate […]

Summer abroad starts military service

Many 17-year-olds will soon be packing for college, but Ezra Shi Han Teo has other plans after commencement. The High School at Moorpark College graduate will be joining the Singapore military. A dual U.S.-Singapore citizen, Ezra hasn’t traveled to Southeast Asia to visit his father’s side of the family since eighth grade, but that’s where he’s going to spend the […]

Ag Pass allows farmers access to property in fire, other disasters

Program revamped after the Thomas fire

When the Thomas fire roared through the rolling hills of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties in 2017, it destroyed thousands of structures and forced more than 100,000 residents to evacuate. The threat of scorching fires is devastating for those who make their living running commercial farms or livestock operations, which are often nestled in rural communities amid the rugged mountains […]


Allan Margolin, attorney at law, was incorrectly listed in last week’s issue as having earned his law degree at Loyola Los Angeles. It is Loyola University in New Orleans. Margolin and his father, William, specialize in accident litigation and can be reached at (818) 999-4529 or

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