Enegren Brewing Company Struggles Under County Mandate

The beer garden at Enegren Brewing Company once bustled with patrons. Chris Enegren, owner of the business, enjoyed strolling through the outdoor area, striking up conversations with his customers. The atmosphere was alive. That atmosphere ended on Saint Patrick’s Day 2020, the last normal day of business for the brewery. Like nearly all other Ventura County business owners, Enegren readily agreed to shut down for two weeks. Now “we’re still doing the ‘two weeks to slow the spread,’” remarks Enegren, who has not operated at full capacity since then. Enegren…

Experts Disagree with Lockdowns: The Great Barrington Declaration

On October 4, 2020, the Great Barrington Declaration was authored and signed by three world-renowned physicians and scientists, Dr. Martin Kulldorff, Dr. Sunetra Gupta, and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya.   This declaration has since been signed by nearly 40,000 medical practitioners, and an additional 13,000 medical and public-health scientists.  It outlines their grave concerns about the side-effects of the lockdowns.  These lockdowns  are having an alarming effect on short- and long-term public health, including “lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings, and deteriorating mental health.”  There has been…

How to Avoid Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Have you noticed feeling more tired or sluggish, losing or gaining weight, feeling more depressed, or losing interest in normal activities?  (This is, of course, in addition to all the other feelings you might have right now regarding the pandemic and the lockdown.) Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression usually seen in late fall or early winter due to shortened days and lack of sunlight, can affect your mood and energy.  It’s similar to wanting to hibernate: oversleeping, overeating, and avoiding other people. Researchers don’t know exactly what…

Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation

“A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half-slave and half-free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved – I do not expect the house to fall – but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other.” Lincoln’s ‘House-Divided’ Speech in Springfield, Illinois, June 16, 1858. In September 1862 America was in the midst of some of its darkest hours.  The Civil War was ragging and casualty figures were rising.  President…

Student of the Month: Savannah Knapp

Rolling Thunder: Savannah is being honored by a member of the Rolling Thunder in Washington, DC for the work that she has done for her community. The Conejo Guardian newspaper is proud to recognize Savannah Knapp as our February 2020 “Student of the Month.”   We thank Savannah for doing her part to honor the military families who serve and protect our great nation.     When most middle school students go back to campus, their focus is on a few important points: don’t get your class schedule wrong, get good grades, and…

Local Restaurants Remain Open in Ventura County

Photo Caption: Matt Brimigion stands in front of his wall of flags. Each of the flags gifted to him has its own special story. One of the flags flew on the USS Enterprise warship in 2003, another flag flew over the 25th Naval Construction Unit in Kandahar, Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, another flag was flown above the capitol the day that the Civil Engineering Corps was established in Port Hueneme, and one other flag flew on the warship, USS Enterprise, from Norfolk to the Persian Gulf. It has been…

The Life of Charles V. Bush

Congratulations from the President: Charles Bush (left) receives his high shcool graduation from the Page School. The diploma was signed by Dwight D. Eisenhower and presented by Richard Nixon (middle).

Black History Month is the time to celebrate some of America’s great African American patriots’ achievements throughout its history. We have all heard the stories about famous black Americans from Booker T. Washington, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Tubman to more modern legends like M.L.K, Rosa Parks, and Jackie Robinson. However, a name that deserves to stand alongside these courageous figures, though not as well known, is Conejo Valley’s own Charles V. Bush.  Knowledge Matters  During the Jim Crow and the desegregated South’s tumultuous times, young Bush was fighting back by…

Countering COVID with Sports

Some people have seen this pandemic as limiting and problematic. But it can also be an opportunity.  Some athletes have used this year to develop their fitness to its highest potential. Zach McClain (“Zmac”) is the owner and head coach of a fitness training group called WideOutU.  Zmac says he tried to create something for young athletes that he didn’t have growing up—an affordable, fun, family environment that offered speed training, strength training and conditioning, and coaching in specific sports.   He attended college on a football scholarship and had a…

Proposition 19: What You Need to Know, The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Income Tax

Proposition 19 passed with a very narrow margin in California and is bringing major changes to property tax assessment rules.  There are some good things about the changes for a select group of people. However, there are major changes to parent-to-child or grandparent-to-grandchild transfers that used to be exempt from property tax reassessment. I’ll cover the good news first, then the bad news, and then what can be done now before Prop 19 goes into effect.   The Good  Starting April 1, 2021, homeowners over age 55, victims of wildfires or…

COSCA: Preserving the Beauty of the Conejo Valley

A beautiful ring of green hillsides surrounds the valley in which we live. Although the valley floor is now covered with houses and businesses, at one time it was more like a savannah, characterized by grass, grazing livestock, and oak trees, with stream channels traversing it—particularly, the main Arroyo Conejo and its north and south branches.  While the appearance of our area has changed significantly over the years, many acres of undeveloped hillsides and open space remain intact.  For that, we can thank the foresight of local citizens, large property…