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JUNGLE FEVER—At top, visitors walk through a canopy of lights during the Wild Lights and Jungle Nights event Nov. 26 at America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College. Above, Moorpark College students James Overton, left, and Adam Fessinger show off Orville, an albino African pigmy hedgehog during the event. At left, Henry Philibosian, 9, of Simi Valley pets Dahlia, the guinea […]

Housing project OKed despite concerns

Members of Moorpark’s Gabbert Canyon community, already upset by the City Council’s decision in June to greenlight the 755-unit Hitch Ranch housing project, voiced their ire last week about another development being proposed in the area. About half a dozen residents spoke out against the North Ranch residential project during the Nov. 22 planning commission meeting, expressing concerns that an […]

State test scores lower after COVID

Fewer than half test takers meet math standards

Mimicking a national pattern, Moorpark students who were kept out of the classroom due to COVID protocols are still scoring lower on standardized tests than kids who took the tests before the pandemic broke out. And in the case of English language arts, results from the spring 2022 test show students lost ground compared to those who took it during […]

Gorell, Parvin give conservatives an edge on supervisors’ board

With Jeff Gorell and Janice Parvin winning their respective races, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors will begin 2023 with a well-defined conservative majority for the first time in four decades. Gorell and Parvin are expected to align with fellow Republican Supervisor Kelly Long (Camarillo), leaving Supervisors Matt LaVere (Ventura) and Vianey Lopez (Oxnard) in the minority. Gov. Gavin Newsom […]

Mounted patrol heads off into the sunset due to lack of facilities, staff

The Santa Monica Mountains’ Mounted Volunteer Patrol has been corralled. Since the 1980s the patrol has roamed the 153,000-acre recreation area, riding horses through mountain canyons and trails so they can lend a helping hand to people in a variety of situations. Members of the group learned last month that the program is being disbanded indefinitely. After suspending the patrol […]

A stark reminder of ‘hate left unchecked’

The World War II-era railway freight car sitting in the Reagan Library’s front courtyard is a symbol of catastrophic human tragedy. Crammed inside this car, and others like it, were Jews being delivered like cattle to the slaughterhouse. Millions of men, women and children were transported to their deaths at German concentration camps in this manner, a horror that Rabbi […]

Business development program urges ‘shop local’

It’s time to “Discover Moorpark.” That’s the name of a new branding campaign being rolled out to reinvigorate the local economy and promote the city as a place for residents and visitors to shop, dine and play. As part of the economic development program, support for current and prospective businesses also is being provided. To guide the campaign, the city […]

Discover Moorpark

ONLINE—A new city website,, is meant to encourage businesses to open and stay in town as well as keep residents shopping and dining in Moorpark.

Welcome sign may bid farewell

Nearly two decades ago, the City of Moorpark entered into an agreement that included installing a city welcome sign near the 23 Freeway and Los Angeles Avenue. Now, 17 years later, the sign is yet to be built and the developer that put down $25,000 for its construction wants its money back. Per a 2005 development agreement between the city […]

Cities stamping out wildfires

Every city in Ventura County can do its part to avoid adding fuel to fire. That was the message Mayra De Leon delivered to the Moorpark City Council on Nov. 2. De Leon, a wildfire safety liaison with the Ventura Regional Fire Safe Council, explained to city council members how cities across the county can band together in a joint […]

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