Businesses Defend Themselves from County Lawsuit

On January 26, the Ventura County District Attorney’s office took The Pizza Cookery, Mrs Olson’s Coffee Hut, and Colosseum Bootcamp Gym to court for an administrative hearing to get a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against them to close their businesses. Ronda Baldwin-Kennedy is representing the businesses. Based on Fifth Amendment violations, Kennedy filed notices in the state court to remove these cases to the federal court.  The Ventura County Board of Supervisors was contacted for comment. Conejo Guardian received a response from County Counsel, Michael Walker, who stated:  “In all…

Massimo of Novo Café Defends His Right to Remain Open

The owner of Novo, Massimo Forti, was born in Florence, Italy. He played soccer and traveled internationally through his youth, also playing tournaments in the US. He immigrated to America in 1996 and became a fitness trainer, and he became fully naturalized in 2010. In 2011, he began phasing away from being a personal trainer and began scouting restaurant locations, opening Novo-Burbank in 2013 and Novo-Westlake Village in May 2019.  After keeping the restaurant closed for ten months, Massimo decided to reopen his Westlake restaurant and, in doing so, posted…

Remembering Dachau: WWII Veteran Recalls Liberation

International Holocaust Remembrance Day was January 27, 2021, which also marked the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Concentration Camp. April 29, 2021, will mark the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp.  Dachau opened on March 22, 1933, to hold political prisoners. Eventually, it included forced laborers, German and Austrian criminals’ imprisonment, foreign nationals from countries that Germany occupied or invaded, and ultimately, Jews. There were 32,000 documented deaths at Dachau and thousands of undocumented deaths. It served as a model for the other German concentration…

Racing for Glory: Kyle Chromy

The Conejo Guardian is proud to recognize Kyle Chromy as the Conejo Valley’s Graduate of the Month for March 2021.  A 2020 graduate of The Century Academy, Kyle has taken his passion for going fast on his bike and recently signed his first professional contract with SEG Racing Academy for the 21/22 season. “Growing up, I just remember always riding with my family – my dad, my brother, even my mom.  We would all just go out and ride the local trails in Wood Ranch,” Kyle recalls.  Kyle’s parents, Ryan…

USA Jobs-The Premier Portal for Federal Civilian Employment Application

In the Conejo Guardian’s January issue, I wrote that Federal civilian employee jobs with the Navy could be very desirable jobs in terms of competitive wages coupled with better than average benefits over many private sector positions. A Federal employee can accrue annual leave and sick leave, have ten (10) paid holidays a year, pay into an affordable health care plan, and obtain life insurance, retirement plan options, and alternative work schedules,  It seems that a lot of people are looking for Federal jobs these days, considering the large number…

Who Was The Real St. Patrick?

Photographed above is St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin Ireland. March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day, the traditional day celebrating the patron saint of Ireland.  While many Americans celebrate the day by wearing green, donning a shamrock, or cooking Irish stew, few know who the real St. Patrick was or why we are celebrating.  To be sure, there are many legends about St. Patrick, but the real St. Patrick is truly an amazing character whose story is worth telling. Surprisingly, Patrick was not born in Ireland.  Rather, he was born in…

Action Network: Making a Difference

George Mather’s toilet had been running for days, but his failing eyesight and aged fingers made the normally easy task of fixing the toilet extremely difficult.  Emma Klein’s husband was returning to a home that was not wheelchair-friendly; funds were severely limited, and the distant-located family was unable to help. Fortunately for both George and Emma, a longstanding local support organization was able to help both seniors remedy their issues quickly and with minimal cost.  ACTION VC is a unique non-profit serving Ventura County. They are a conduit for bringing…

Do You Need An Emergency Generator?

The recent windstorm and resultant power outage underscored the need for emergency preparedness when the lights go out.  We were without power for a couple of days; others around us were out even longer.  Besides being inconvenient, outages can become expensive when the food in your refrigerator spoils.  Having a portable generator is a good idea in these situations.  If you think it’s time to buy one, here are a few items to consider.  What size do you need?  To figure out that answer, list the items you want to…

Helping Thru Horses: Saving People and Horses

Leaving the city below and winding up Decker Canyon to a veritable eagle’s nest at the top overlooking the Santa Monica Mountains and the ocean in the distance, sits the refuge – Helping Thru Horses – a nonprofit dedicated to saving the lives of both horses and people.  HTH is a labor of love for founder Troy Freeman, better known around the ranch as “Cowboy Troy,” He started the organization five years ago as an extension of the volunteer work he began at age 17 working with runaways in Hollywood,…

Conejo Valley’s Frank Butler: Founder of Catalina Yachts

To have met Frank Willis Butler was an experience.   Those who knew him well would agree, he had the rare ability to make you feel both welcome and nervous at the same time.  Those who worked for him knew that Frank gave much, but also expected much.   And anyone who owned one of the boats he built, knew they were forever a part of his “family.”  Frank rose from humble beginnings to become the founder of the largest privately owned sailboat manufacturer in the United States, Catalina Yachts.   In December,…