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HOLD TIGHT—Sally Goldberg of Moorpark dances with her 3-year-old daughter, Somerlyn, at the Throwback Thursday Food Truck Festival on July 28 at the Camarillo Ranch House. Speaking of food trucks, the Moorpark Education Foundation will host its 2022 Food Truck Meetup from 3 to 7 p.m. Sun., Sept. 11 at Moorpark High School. The foundation raises money for Moorpark Unified […]

An early look at who’s in, who’s out for local races

Mayor, two council seats to be on ballot


Candidates for local offices have begun pulling papers as the Nov. 8 general election looms. The nomination period opened July 18 for City Council, school boards and special districts. It closes Aug. 12, though that date could be extended five days if there’s no incumbent running. That will happen automatically in newly formed districts that don’t have an incumbent. The […]

Everett Street condos will go to council

60-unit project originally proposed as apartments 20 years ago


A condominium complex marks the third housing development since June to receive approval from Moorpark’s planning commission before moving on to the City Council. In the works for nearly two decades, the Everett Street Terraces was approved—with a few modifications— by the five-member commission July 26. The council will vote on the 60-unit condominium project Sept. 7. This summer has […]

Johnson sheds interim title, named county CEO



Despite a national search for a new CEO that produced nearly 200 applications, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors ultimately never had to leave the ZIP code. Supervisors voted 5-0 Tuesday in closed session to name Sevet Johnson, 41, to the county’s top administrative seat. The 13-year county employee had been serving as acting CEO since March, when her predecessor, […]

Two plead guilty to attempted murder charges



The wheels of justice are known to turn slowly. This feature keeps our readers informed about criminal cases we’re tracking out of Moorpark. Sean Curran Sean Curran, accused of shooting Lance McLaughlin in 2018, was sentenced June 10 to 19 years and four months in Wasco State Prison for attempted murder and shooting at an occupied vehicle. Curran’s application for […]

The right plant boosts monarchs

Hundreds turnout for native milkweed giveaway at city park


Helping save monarch butterflies was the goal of hundreds of people who came out early last Saturday morning to the Arroyo Vista Community Center in Moorpark. They stood in a long line for a chance to receive native narrow-leaf milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis) plants. Monarch butterflies need milkweed to survive. They lay their eggs on the plant, and the larvae eat […]

BON appetit

Council OKs 47-unit Beltramo Ranch, 7 office buildings on Patriot Dr.



Moorpark is going through a growth spurt. The Moorpark City Council unanimously approved the Beltramo Ranch housing development, as well as seven office buildings on Patriot Drive, during its recent meeting. Joe Oftelie, vice president of Warmington Residential’s Southern California division, said he was happy to receive support letters from residents who were originally opposed to Beltramo Ranch. The 47-unit […]

EXHAUSTING LAW ENFORCEMENT

Catalytic converter thieves tough to catch and track through criminal justice system


The theft took all of one minute. It was in the predawn hours, and in those 60 seconds, two men—one with an automobile jack, the other with a reciprocating saw—got out of a car and approached a pair of Honda sedans parked in the driveway of a Simi Valley home. As one of the thieves lifted one of the Hondas, […]

Search for county’s next chief executive continues



The Ventura County Board of Supervisors could decide on the county’s next executive officer as early as next week. The board is scheduled to discuss the topic in closed session at its Tues., Aug. 2 meeting, which begins at 8:30 a.m. Sevet Johnson, chief deputy director of the county’s healthcare agency, has been serving in the role on an interim […]


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